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What is the treatment for stress and stiffness in the neck?

Hi I have been off work with stress for 6 months, but have now gone back to work. While i have been off I have experienced stiffness in my neck and have found it hard to turn my head, my head wants to turn to the left and has got worse as it now happens when turning it right. It is very upsetting my Doctor has said it is neck spasms and to take pain killers. This has gone on for many months. Any ideas!!!! Mandy
Mon, 18 Aug 2014
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Welcome to HCM
We understand your concerns

I went through your details. I suggest you not to worry much. The neck spasm, as your doctor correctly said, could definitely come due to stress. Prolonged stress naturally brings stiffness to the neck muscles. Then we start twisting and turning the head so as to alleviate the pain and stretch the neck muscles. That is a bad practice. Instead of releiving you off from pain, the actions give you more pain and results in spasm. Just ignore the soreness and do not move your neck muscles for three days or so. Then the spasm should be released.

If you want more of my help in this aspect, please post a direct query to me with every details possible. I shall try to address it in a psychotherapy point of view.

Hope this answers your query. Available for further clarifications.
Good luck.
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