How to Fix a Stiff Neck in Seconds (THIS WORKS!)
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How to Fix a Stiff Neck in Seconds (THIS WORKS!)

August 20, 2019

What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, Stiff necks. You’re probably experienced one, at least
in the last year, maybe more often than that. I can tell you this: when you have one it
really crushes your workout efforts because there’s really nothing that you can do that
feels great if your neck is stiff. Particularly, if you’re lifting with your
shoulders, your upper body, even your legs, if you have to get your arms up in this position
to squat. But we can actually do something about it
depending upon what is actually causing it in the first place. I’ll say this, right off the bat. If you’re somebody that has a stiff neck while
at the same time you’re experiencing numbness, or tingling down your arm – especially one
arm, not two – you’ve got to get checked out. You’ve got to at least go see a physical therapist. Have somebody check you out and determine
that you don’t have some sort of a disc issue here, that’s also causing the pain and
discomfort in your neck. Then you don’t want to be fussing around
and messing around with what I’m going to show you here today. But if what you have is definitely the more
common side effect of muscle stiffness, or joint stiffness, then you can do what I’m
going to show you here, and it’s going to help you quickly. So what you have to understand is, if you
can’t move your head to the left, or if you can’t move your head to the right we have
one of two things going on. It’s really a ‘chicken or the egg’ scenario. Either the muscles have spasms that connect
here to the neck into the spine and are making difficult for you to move because they’re
in spasm – in this case it’s a muscle issue – or the joint itself has become stuck and
that is causing a reflexive reaction, by the muscle going into spasm because they don’t
like the fact that the mechanics here in the spine are different. In that case you’d want to work on the joint
issue. Either way, you’ll see what I show you here
today will actually help both. So if we want to turn to the left look what
happens. We start rotating here, in our spine. This is the spinous process; these big, nodules
that come off here on the spine. You’ll see that two things will happen. Number one: as I start to turn the ones at
the top turn first. The more I turn it starts to recruit here,
and here, and here. The more I turn it gets into the cervical
spine. They start to participate in the rotation. They start moving one after the next, but
they start up here with most of the motion. So depending upon how far you can turn that
will give you and indication of where you might be stuck, and where you might want to
intervene. Okay, so you see how far you can go. The next thing you want to take note of is,
as I turn my head to the left these are actually turning which way? They’re actually moving to the right. You see that? All these, the spinous processes, are actually
moving in that direction as the head moves in this direction. So if you wanted to address this and try to
help this out you could take a towel – and I’m going to show you one thing here on this
channel that a towel is actually good for, because working out ain’t one of them. What you do is, you take the towel and you
put it around your neck, and the first thing you try to do is determine where your discomfort
is. So you can either do it with a towel where
you pull forward, this way, where you feel like it’s stiff, or you could just use your
finger. You’re trying to feel these boney processes,
one after the next. Down, and down, and I find where it feels
a little bit sore, okay? So again, if I’ve ruled out that I have a
disc issue, or if you’ve already talked to somebody and you’ve ruled out the disc issues,
but you’re feeling soreness here, you probably have a little bit of spasm, or you have this,
again, vertebrae that’s a little suck. So as you feel this stiffness, wherever I
identify where it is, now I want to take the towel and put it at that level. Now, all I’m doing is taking my arms and pulling
forward on both of them equally. But if I want to turn this way, to the left,
we know that I can actually influence that by pulling harder on this side over here – I’ll
show it from behind – by pulling harder here, because what I’m doing is, I’m actually
just holding on for stability, and I’m pulling forward on this side. What I’m doing is I’m taking the towel and
I’m – let’s just take it at this level so you can see – and I’m pushing forward on
that side. By pushing forward here, what am I doing? I’m actually rotating the vertebrae to allow
for rotation to the left. So now you should instantly feel – sort
of like what we did with our shoulders popping; if you have popping shoulders. I’ll actually link that video because people
find it helpful. If you have shoulders that pop there’s a drill
you can do that can actually reestablish the position of the glenoid humeral joint to allow
that to subside, at least for a while, until you can fix it long term. What I’m doing here is, if I have difficulty
turning to the left, now I pull here, and I turn at the same time. I’ll find that I can actually go further. Then I come back and I ease up, and then I
pull on this side – just stabilizing here – and I allow myself to turn, and I come
back. Again, chin is tucked here. Nice, pull, turn, and I’ll experience more,
and more range of motion. Pain free range of motion. This is a mulligan technique that physical
therapists use a lot to try to help restore motion in a spine that’s locked up, but if
it’s coming from muscles then this is not going to hurt because at least you’re establishing
full range of motion, which might allow the muscles that were in spasm to finally let
go as it is. Same thing. If I’m trying to go to the other side I’d
actually just pull harder here, which is going to then allow me to turn that way, and if
I’m having trouble bending my head backward – which sometimes happens – then if I
pull straight on, with equal force and go back, like that; that actually feels good. That will allow me to basically take the spine
and move it this way. Which is what happens as the head goes backward. So a quick little technique that you can use,
and I’ve also broken out the band here. You can use one of the bands to do the exact
same thing. The nice thing about the band is, because
of the rubber you basically get a little more traction as it pulls on your neck. It kind of sticks to your skin a little bit. You’ll get a little more traction that allows
you to get a good glide. So guys, as I said, a lot of reasons can lead
to this. Firstly, screen the serious stuff. But if it’s from your training, maybe you’re
digging your head into the bench during the bench press. Maybe you’re moving your head in all sorts
of ways when you’re doing lat pull downs. Whatever it is, you could have thrown it off. You could also be having a spasm, or trigger
point in your trap that could also affect this, and that would be a different scenario. We can cover that in a different video. The fact of the matter is, stiff necks will
screw up your ability to train and train hard. It’s not a good thing to try to go out there
and train with a stiff neck because you could be hurting yourself in other ways, too. So now you’ve got, at least, a weapon in your
arsenal to address that and hopefully knock it out quickly. So if you’re looking, guys, we try to put,
not just strength stuff on this channel, but the other stuff that goes with it. Understanding how the body moves so that we
can address the whole picture. We do that. We call it “putting the science back in strength”. I hope you guys find these videos helpful. They’re a little bit more ‘wordy’, a little
bit more technical, but in the end it helps you to understand how the whole picture operates. If you’re looking for a complete training
program, head to and get our ATHLEANX training system. In the meantime, if you’ve found this video
helpful leave your comments and thumbs up below. Let me know what else you want me to cover
here, and I’ll do my best to do that in the days and weeks ahead. All right, guys. See you soon.

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  1. Wow… just wow thanks for the video. Couldn’t even turn my head and now I feel 100% better 👌🏼

  2. Had this happen to me when incline pressing. Could hardly lift. But was able to suffer through a decent workout. Who else had this happen to them because they were digging their head into the bench to hard?

  3. Oh. This is so simple, but actually helped. I threw my neck out the other day, and while I got things adjusted back into place, the muscles in my neck are stiff and sore now, and I had a limited range of motion, which made even simple neck stretches difficult, but this helped get that range of motion back without it being painful. Still a but stiff, but at least I can continue to stretch things out and help everything loosen up.

  4. I feel enormous relief, thanks a lot! Furthermore, I don't only rotate head to the left and right, but moreover making circles with the head while pushing towel on my neck, it's much better than only rotate to the left and right.

  5. I absolutely love that you put these type of videos on your channel.
    I am a LVN, and I see people that train really hard all the time.
    I give them stretches to do but, I also told a lot of them about your channel because you have even better stretches for certain problems that they’re experiencing. 💜

  6. Thanks for showing the skeleton-guy. I find it very helpful to visualize the source of my pain. So let him be with you in your videos as often as possible. Greetings from Germany!

  7. I feel like my neck is actually relieved a little bit, not sure what I did to my neck but woke up and it felt like I broke it

  8. dude i was feeling neck pain for like 5 days and after those exercises i feel a lot better, holy shit i didn't expected that

  9. I just started getting tightness pain in my trap, I took a few days off lifting and came back lifting lighter than my normal and pain returned, it hurts when I bow my head down or when I try and lean my head back, also when I turn left and right like in your video, what can it be?

  10. Dude I tried this after sleeping wrong and I was dieeeinnggg before but now it’s at least a little better thanks a bunch

  11. I need help I got football and I am a wide receiver so my head is turning and shit. With this stiff neck I can’t fricken turn to the left

  12. I have a severe neck pain for almost a year now and i've tried every exercise i stumbled upon yt claiming to fix my neck but nothing works out. I hope you make a video for different types of neck pain and possible solutions. I would very much appreciate it. Awesome vids btw.

  13. This will probably go unnoticed but I just started doing BJJ recently and I made one of the many white belt mistakes and I let an arm triangle go on for way to long without tapping. I was honestly worried about it a lot. I trust your knowledge about the human body because of your workout videos and I just want to say thank you. I am absolutely shocked that it worked to be honest. My neck cinched and clicked and I am back to normal. You're the best!!!!

  14. Hi Jeff, Good Day, could please suggest if this type y product would be beneficial

  15. Happened to me doing lay pull downs was moving my head while doing on my left side. Hurts when I move it to the left or backwards. Is this more of a trap issue or neck?

  16. I lose some rest because of my lower back pain. I feel that my hips will step out of placement when I rest on my side. I never encountered this kind of situation once again after I learned about this particular back pain guidebook known as “Kemzαnο Loni” (Google it). I can now sleep well once again given that my back problems is gone. .

  17. Crack your neck !! If your a girl part your hair into 2 sections on each side of your shoulder and slowly pull down your not going to pull your hair out lol but it will crack your neck (don’t stiffen your neck relax )😘

  18. Toward the end, you mentioned you might consider doing a video about the traps and trigger points, “which is a different problem” that I have. Would you consider doing one this week? Love the physical therapy side of your approach… it has helped me in so many others in more ways than you can probably imagine. We’re showing others how to help themselves, too.

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