Have you ever woken up with a stiff, painful shoulder that seemingly came out of nowhere? This is a common problem for many people, regardless of age, and there are several things that could cause you to wake up with a shoulder pain.
Any time excessive strain is placed on the neck, shoulders, or back, there is a risk of developing pain and stiffness. Shoulder strain can happen from sleeping with your neck in an awkward position, staring down at your computer screen for a long period of time, or carrying something heavy on one shoulder.
No matter the cause, however, once shoulder stiffness sets in, it can last for several days and even interfere with normal activities like driving, exercising, and working on your computer. Find natural relief for shoulder pain and stiffness so you can get back to your normal routine, comfortably.
1. Apply a Nourishing Anti-Inflammatory Cream
There are lots of creams and ointments out there that are supposed to help relieve sore muscles and joints. But most of these products come with a heavy odor or contain harsh ingredients that irritate your skin and cause you more trouble than they’re worth. Instead, try a natural relief for shoulder pain such as naturally-derived cream like Enduras Recovery Cream, which contains an innovative blend of essential micronutrients such as vitamins A, C, and E, and a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient to improve symptoms of joint, muscle, and nerve pain.
Because Enduras is scent-free and light and gentle on the skin, you can take a bottle with you wherever you go and apply it throughout the day as needed, as well as right before bed to help you get a better night’s sleep.
2. Use Hot or Cold Therapy
Applying a hot or cold compress to your neck and shoulders may help to alleviate some of your symptoms and make you more comfortable while your body heals itself. Generally speaking, the only time you want to apply ice to a muscle or joint is directly after sustaining an injury to help calm inflammation and swelling.
If you’ve already woken up with stiff shoulders, on the other hand, hot therapy is going to be the most effective choice. Heat helps to relax your muscles and promote joint flexibility, which can loosen your stiff neck and make you more comfortable.
It’s not uncommon to feel like you can’t fully turn your head or move your shoulder in its full range of motion when you wake up with a kink in your neck. Performing light stretches to loosen your muscles can be helpful and natural relief for shoulder pain, but don’t overdo it. Gently stretch your neck side to side and then bend it forward and backward. If your shoulders and back are also sore because of your stiff neck, lightly stretch your entire body. Also, try to sit straight with your feet planted on the ground and your neck facing forward, not down, to avoid making soreness and stiffness worse.
4. Try Sleeping without a Pillow
If you’re having trouble finding a sleeping position that’s comfortable while your neck is hurting, try removing your pillow or using a special pillow designed specifically for supporting your neck in a proper position while you sleep.
You might also want to try changing your sleeping position, especially if you’re usually a stomach or a side sleeper, as these positions can place strain on your shoulders and back. Sleeping on your back with a low pillow is the best position for your neck, shoulders, and spine (Spine-health).
Find Your Natural Relief for Shoulder Pain
Trying to get through your day with a sore shoulders can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Try following the four simple tips discussed above to help alleviate pain, stiffness, and soreness to have a better, more comfortable day. These tips can also be applied to other areas of the body that might be painful or stiff, including knees, wrists, and shoulders.
About the Authors
William Goolsbee has spent his career in Life Sciences including leading roles in drug development in immunology and genetic medicine. Recent senior positions include Chairman of the Board at Sarepta Therapeutics and Founder and CEO at Metrodora Therapeutics.
Dr. Gil Price
Gil Price M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at the Propharma Group, where he provides medical supervision for all clinical trials. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Drug Safety Solutions, where he oversaw safety monitoring for drugs in clinical development. Dr. Price also served as the Director of Clinical Development at Medimmune Oncology and Director of Medical Affairs at Glaxo.