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5 Things You Need to Know About Neck Pain and Spasms

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5 Things You Need to Know About Neck Pain and Spasms
Neck spasms can be painful. Photo Credit deeepblue/iStock/Getty Images

A quick or forceful stretch to a muscle in spasm can actually cause it to become more severe, increasing pain and tension in the neck. Instead, perform a slow, controlled stretch to the affected areas of the neck following a spasm. If the muscle is still twitching, applying gentle, steady pressure over the body of the muscle will encourage relaxation. If you cannot apply pressure to your own neck, ask someone to do it for you.

A quick or forceful stretch to a muscle in spasm can actually cause it to become more severe, increasing pain and tension in the neck. Instead, perform a slow, controlled stretch to the affected areas of the neck following a spasm. If the muscle is still twitching, applying gentle, steady pressure over the body of the muscle will encourage relaxation. If you cannot apply pressure to your own neck, ask someone to do it for you.

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