I have been living with a stiff neck for the past week. Absolutely painful, uncomfortable and annoying. Painful to the extent that it has spread to my shoulders. They feel like they’ve been bruised, the pain bone-deep. Uncomfortable because I cannot turn my head or sleep properly no matter how I adjust my pillow(s). And annoying because it has lasted so bloody long.
The metholated Japanese plasters and Yoko-yoko heated rubs has helped somewhat to relieve the pain temporarily, but what do you know, the discomfort is still there.
I feel like a walking, talking Batman. Without the suit. My whole body needs to turn together with my head when I cross the road. Wierd. Mom, where’s my neck? Maybe I’m the sequel to “I, Robot”, except that I’m a primitive version (alpha v.00.02) with lousy hydraulics and limited motor-movement.
Finally paid a visit to a physiotherapist this morning, one recommended by my aunt. Dr. Chong, I believe his name was. (Speak like Yoda, I suddenly do). He’s sort of a traditional yet modern doctor, and has quite a reputation. Using pressure points, he relieved clogged nerves and tension in my neck and shoulders. Even giving me a nice ‘crack’ at the end. The pain was quite unbearable, tears almost falling as I grimaced.
He told me that it was due to lack of sleep, and/or bad sitting posture. Makes sense. I’ve been consistently going home at 4am from the office for the whole of last week. Insufficient sleep has caused the nerve between the 4th and 5th vertebrae to constrict and narrow, causing stress around the back, neck and shoulders.
Feel slightly better now, somewhat ‘looser’. However, was asked to pay him a visit again if the tightness does not improve by Friday.
Fellas, whatever you do, make sure you get plenty of rest, deadlines or otherwise!