Did you wake up with a stiff neck?

Have you ever woken up in the morning unable to turn your neck? Unsure of what you did to cause it. Assuming maybe that you slept wrong?

You may not be able to trace your stiff neck to a specific event causing an onset of symptoms. Instead, you might write it off as having spent too long in an awkward position. Luckily the team at Hands On Health Care Clinic is here to help. Read on to find out more about how that stiff neck came about.

Waking up with a stiff neck

Waking up with a stiff neck is common as winter approaches and the temperatures drop at night. The colder weather can cause us to wake up with stiffness and pain in the neck and spine. Your stiff neck usually is due to a muscle spasm caused by a decrease in blood flow. When our necks’ superficial (surface) muscles are exposed to cold, the body diverts the blood to the deeper muscles to help keep us warm. This decrease in blood flow can lead to muscle spasms or stiffness and cause a sore, restricted neck.

Your stiff neck can improve on its own, but it may take several weeks or months to recover. At Hands On Health Care Clinic, we can help you recover quicker.

Treatment for a stiff neck may include

  • Chiropractic adjustment or mobilisation
  • Soft tissue work, like massage or stretching
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Dry needling and cupping

It is essential to get your neck moving again. Gently turning your head left and right without pushing into the pain can help you recover faster. Research has shown that taking painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication for back pain can inhibit your recovery. Hence, it is good to try an alternate, hands-on option like Chiropractic care. We aim to find your movement restrictions and reduce them through massage and stretching to relieve stiffness and pain. Adjustments can help restore motion allowing you to continue your daily tasks without hindrance.


Written By Georgina Smith Chiropractor

Georgie has owned and worked at Hands On Health for the last 17years. She has a master’s of Chiropractic and a Diploma in Paediatric Chiropractic but enjoys treating all age groups. Georgie offers 30-minute chiropractic consults with a strong muscular focus and restoring optimum movement to the spinal joints. To book an appointment with Georgie, CLICK HERE.

June 8, 2022
Georgina Smith