When NOT to Stretch a Spasming Neck
If your neck spasms are the direct result of a traumatic injury, it is a good idea to not do any stretching without a physician’s consent. Things like fractures of the vertebrae, acute strains and sprains and whiplash may require a little rest before stretching the painful area.
When to Use a Neck Stretcher for Neck Spasms
In most cases, muscle spasming will benefit from stretching. Stretching is actually the most effective way to relieve a badly spasming muscle. A neck stretching device can be used to ensure that you are getting a thorough and proper stretch.
These devices are best used when exercise and normal stretching are not helping to alleviate your spasms. This does not mean that the exercises and normal stretching should be stopped, however, because they are still benefiting you. You would just add a neck stretching device to your spasm-busting arsenal.
Understanding Muscle Spams in the Neck
Neck spasms can be disabling due to the pain and stiffness they produce. A neck spasm is an involuntary muscle contraction in the neck. When a muscle is spasming, it becomes very hard, tight and painful. Muscles normally contract and relax when they are being used, but in the case of a spasm the muscle contracts and remains in a contracted state.
Neck spasms can come on for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include overuse, injury, stress and poor posture. For example, if you have a job that requires frequent computer use and you are hunched over all day getting work done, stiffness can start to develop in the neck.
The same is true for sleeping wrong. Sleeping in a awkward position or on the wrong pillow can cause a muscle to spasm.
However, it is important to know when a neck stretching device should be used to relieve neck spasms.