Neck Pain, Woke Up With A Stiff Neck

Head n neck xray reducedA few days ago I woke up with a pretty good case of neck pain. Obviously I had slept some way that left me with a sore and stiff neck. I wasn’t too concerned because that’s what I do, fix body issues like that. Well was I in for a surprise! Here’s what happened.

When I first woke up I noticed right away that my neck was really sore. It actually hurt to move in many directions. I knew that not only was the neck out of alignment, but that at least the top three or four ribs on the stiff side were out of alignment as well. So, I quickly adjusted the neck and top ribs, only takes a minute or two for those areas.

Almost no change at all.

I was really surprised. So, I got up, took care of some things then worked on it again a little later. Then some more later. And some more.

Finally! After a couple of days of working on it and remembering a couple of simple therapies I got everything feeling right. Here’s what I learned, or at least relearned.

Healers of all types are their own worst diagnosticians. I knew this from earlier experience, just had to learn it again. If I had a client with the same issues that I had, they would have been completely out of pain within an hour, no problem.

The problem with working on myself is that somehow I forget the most simple things. Focusing on a client I can quickly and easily allow the answers to show themselves. I guess I get in my own way sometimes. At least I was able to work on all the right things, it just took longer. And, got a good article for you out of it too!

The particulars of what were needed to get rid of my neck pain are really the basics of what I would do for most any sore neck. They are not in any particular order at all. For example, the adjustment is almost always last, but there have been exceptions, at least in my experience. Normally I let the body tell me what to do and when by using muscle testing.

Most of the time an adjustment will be needed. Not always, but often enough that I consider it essential as long as it can be tolerated (I ALWAYS muscle test for tolerance to a treatment). Also, the neck is usually very easy to gently self adjust. Often there can be instant neck pain relief even if there are some minor misalignments. You can learn to adjust yourself with Self Adjusting Technique.

This can be very important. Massage will sometimes give the same benefit as heat, but other times there is nothing like a hot bath or a heat pack to really soften the muscles.

What happens is that the muscles can be so tight that they pull an adjusted joint right back out of alignment, even with a strong adjustment like you might get from a chiropractor. Heat can easily soften a neck enough to allow an adjustment to take as well as giving relief from the pain.

Caution: If the pain is sharp, or there is an injury that involved some kind of impact, then ice should be used for 24 to 48 hours before applying heat.

Here’s an article where you can learn more about the choice of hot or cold for back pain.

Massage is a great way to relieve almost any muscle pain. There is a style for just about any need. Here’s a good one for most neck pain.

Emotional components are like a bit of an emotion, or the energy of an emotion. They can get stuck in different parts of the body. When they do, they usually cause some physical issue. For example, they can cause a muscle to tighten which can pull a joint out of alignment.

These emotions can be removed from the body with techniques like Neuro-Emotional Technique, or The Emotion Code — a fairly new technique that I really like. Once the emotion is cleared from the area the adjustment can usually be done with success, and usually with less effort.

There are many other possible treatments for neck pain, but this will help the most common stiff neck. Just don’t take two days to do them all like I did.

Meet the Author

Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

2 comments… add one
  • jamie Dec 15, 2010, 7:20 pm

    When I wake with a stiff neck I take Mag/Phos and it is gone in 20 minutes every time. Mag/Phos is a homeopathic remedy that you can find in health food stores.

  • Kalidasa Dec 19, 2010, 11:27 am

    Magnesium has a muscle relaxing effect, so your experience isn’t surprising. I’m glad you found something that helps you get out of pain!

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