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Oh, No, You woke up with a very Stiff Neck

by Penny Keay

Just when you do not need it, you woke up this morning and your neck muscles begin to spasm! You know exactly what was happening as it happened before.

Yikes! Stiff necks are usually very painful and can make it difficult for you to move your head up and down. You can barely turn your head from side to side. It is usually held off to one side and you definitely can tell there is a problem.

When this happens to me, first thing I do (well, actually Alan does) is reach for the Peppermint and Rosemary mixed with a little carrier oil. I have to relieve a little bit of the pain or I will have a very awful day. Al rubs it in my neck and upper shoulder area;

I then decide if cold or heat feels better. Each time for me is different – I think it depends on the weather outside as to what feels better to me. I apply cold or heat packs to the area. Usually, for me a little heat feels the best.

Although I am not sure if you have ever experienced this or not, for me, and others it can take several days for the stiffness, pain and soreness to release enough for me to go to my chiropractor.

In the meanwhile, I use essential oils that can penetrate the muscle layers and give me some relief. We try to avoid taking any oral pain relievers’ as they are just too toxic to your body.

Fortunately, there are plenty of essential oils that can be helpful to not only relieve pain, but are helpful to provide heating and relaxation of the muscles involved.

The first suggestions would be using the heating and analgesic oils: Peppermint, Rosemary, Clove bud, Ginger, Black Pepper and Juniper berry.

All you need to do is start to mix several essential oils together and then add the correct percentage – usually for acute muscle spasms you can start at 5% and if need go to 10% in your favorite carrier oil.

Use for massaging this area. When a massage blend is this strong, do not use it for more than the affected area.

This protocol is what gives the best relief for me. Actually, at first I just rub a little on, no deep massage as it is too painful.

We have our Peppermint and Rosemary Roll-on Blend made for rolling on this type of area, or for use if you should have a lot of tension in your neck that is giving you a headache.

Other premade massage blends we have that may work for you include our Joint Rub, Back Rub, Muscle Relaxing, Muscle Rub, Muscle Warm Massage and Dar’s Massage oil.

If you can tolerate going to a massage therapists, be sure to request or ask them to use one of the above blends on your painful muscles or if they have a blend that has helped you in the past especially if they are using any of the above mentioned essential oils.

Hope your neck feels better soon too!

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