A common musculoskeletal issue is “text neck” where we look down at our devices like tablets, phones, and computers throughout the day. This can stretch the muscles at the base of your skull and cause those muscles to spasm when they get over stretched.
My favorite modality for treating text neck is about repositioning our bodies and stretching our neck muscles gently twice daily. These twice daily stretches will keep your neck muscles loose and diminish spasming over time. The more consistent you can be with stretching, the better your improvement.
If your symptoms persist – if you have continued neck muscle spasming, you can try medications like NSAIDS or muscle relaxants. Of course, talk to your doctor before you use these medications to make sure that they don’t cause any stomach irritation or kidney damage.
It would be reasonable to try Ibuprofen 600 mg if you experience neck muscle spasms that cannot be controlled or that cause pain. Ibuprofen is an NSAID.
An alternative would be to take Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine) 10 mg 1 hour prior to bed time – this is a prescription medication so please consult with your physician before using a medication like this. Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant and patients get relief when they use this medication as it relaxes skeletal muscles. But it cannot be taken within 8 hours of driving or operating heavy machinery as it causes drowsiness in some patients, so we have our patients take the medication 1 hour prior to bedtime.
Another alternative to neck pain treatment is integrated musculoskeletal care. These treatments take less than 15 minutes and they can focus on relaxing/manually stretching the muscles in the neck. Our nurse practitioner at our office, Amanda has completed specialized training for this therapy and follow up. The best part….it is included in your membership at no additional cost!
A combination of the above modalities would reduce the muscle spasms that you’re experiencing in your neck.
Thanks for reading. To see if this option is one for you, call and schedule a consultation with Amanda today, 704-240-5260. collierfamilymedical.com