dMv (daemonv) wrote,

Necking neck nag nah

A couple of days ago, I woke up with stiffness in my neck. Nothing too bad, just a crick that restricted movement to one side, gave an angry yell if I ignored it. Just concentrated on posture, sleeping well on it, and figured it would go away. That was Friday, or so.

Last night we had our games in the rain. The team is good, despite losing both games. I'm happy.

Except that I wasn't able to play the second game, much, and when I did I was a liability. I started to notice bad stuff just when warming up. I now have a much greater appreciation for the role ones' neck muscles play in throwing a disc. And a better sense of how much work they do through any part of playing ultimate. If I didn't pull my neck muscle previously, it did so last night.

Now, the crazy thing is, I stretch. Really do. Not like "yeah, I know I should and occasionally do" At least since I've started my exercise program, I stretch everyday. In the morning and before and after activity. Habits borne from years of Karate practice, where even if you showed up late, you went off to a corner of the dojo and went through the stretching routine. And you didn't leave til you had done the cool down stretching. In particular, due to my occupation, I do neck stretches.

Seems like everyone's first response to a pulled neck is "you should stretch". Other advice for neck trouble includes a good pillow (I have a custom bean-bag one) and a firm mattress (I sleep on a futon). Anyway, that's all I wanted to say. I won't degenerate into whining about how much neck spasms suck and make driving difficult. But to illustrate: I went home to eat, shower, and go join bucy and gustaf for some additional Soul Caliber fun. On my mother's advice, I iced my neck which helped. Showered, got dressed, and decided to lie down for a second. Got my neck correctly placed with my pillow, and woke up 4 hours later. Being unwilling to move at all for fear of bringing the pain back, the lights remained on. No Soul Caliber for me.

Today it is back to a dull ache. Advil has been worthless.

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