A Crick in The Neck

A Crick in The NeckWaking up in the morning only to feel a crick in your neck can be a tough way to start your day. The stiff uncomfortable sensation in your neck can sometimes feel as though you can’t move your neck at all making it difficult to go about your day. Fortunately, most cases can be remedied at home!

A Crick in Your Neck

A crick in your neck or a stiff neck is a form of acute neck pain that often affects the muscles in your lower neck and upper back muscles. The muscles and soft tissues in the area become strained resulting in a rigid, stiffness that can limit your range of motion.


Aside from a stiff and uncomfortable neck, there are other symptoms associated with this condition. Common symptoms include:

  • A stiff feeling in the lower neck and upper back muscles
  • Reduced mobility
  • Popping feeling when your neck moves a specific way

If you experience additional symptoms such as increased pain, fever, balance issues, numbness, or if your symptoms last longer than 72 hours, contact your doctor.


From sleeping in the wrong position, overstraining during a workout, or an underlying condition; there are a variety of causes for a stiff neck. Common causes of a crick in the neck may include:

  • Heavy labor or poor lifting posture
  • Not enough support on your neck during rest
  • Poor head and neck posture
  • Reaching or looking a certain way for an extended period
  • Sleeping in an abnormal position
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Whiplash injury

In a small percentage of cases, a stiff neck can be a symptom of a cervical spine condition such as pinched nerves, arthritis, herniated discs, spinal fractures, spinal stenosis, and spondylosis.

How Do You Treat a Stiff Neck?

The treatment options will vary depending on the cause of your stiff neck, but fortunately, in many cases the condition can resolve on its own and typically disappear within a few days.

At-home remedies for a stiff neck can include rest accompanied with over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol, Motrin, and Aleve can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Gentle stretches such as slowly rocking your head side to side or rotating it in a circle might relieve stiff muscles or constricted nerves. A supportive pillow, changes in posture, and sleeping position can also be good lifestyle changes to include in your treatment plan if this condition occurs chronically.

Heat and ice therapy can help to loosen stiff muscles and relax the nerves in your spine and reduce swelling of the soft tissues. We recommend only applying ice and heat in 10-15 increments switching between the two to determine which is more effective for your condition.

If you find these home remedies are ineffective, your doctor may suggest scheduling an appointment for chiropractic care. Your chiropractic will assess your spine for any misalignments. If found, there are several treatment options. Massage and manual manipulation can be an excellent way to release tension, realign the spine, and reduce inflammation. Additionally, your chiropractor may recommend stretches and exercises to strengthen the neck and back muscles and improve mobility and range of motion in the affected area.

If your pain is caused by an underlying medical condition, your treatments will focus on treating the condition first and should be treated by your primary care provider.

In some cases, this painful ailment can be prevented by adjusting your posture while doing daily activities, stretching your neck muscles throughout the day, and sleeping in a supportive position. However, should you experience a crick in the neck, we are here to help you find relief.

For more information on how to relieve a stiff neck or to schedule an appointment, contact Anderson Integrated Health Center today.

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Dr. Theresa Anderson DC, DABCI

An experienced doctor of chiropractic with a diplomate as a chiropractic internist, I offer natural solutions to chronic health conditions by implementing a strategic and individualized treatment plan for each patient. I’ve had the privilege of helping patients heal from chronic conditions to live a happier, healthier life.

Anatomy and Physiology teacher who is passionate about health and wellness and hopes to ignite that same respect and awe of the human body into her pupils.

I’m dedicated, loyal and always seeking to improve my science and craft, learn new discoveries in my field, and embrace new challenges.

  • 2023 Diplomate American Board Chiropractic Internist (DABCI)

  • 2018 Certified Medical Examiner (CME)

  • 2000 Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)

  • 1996 Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Elementary Education K-8
  • Adjunct Faculty: Anatomy & Physiology I lecture and lab (2023 – Present)
    Chattahoochee Technical College, North Metro Campus, Acworth, Ga

  • Teacher: Anatomy & Physiology On-level and Honors, High School Seniors (2017 – Present)
    Science Department Head (2023)
    Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, Acworth, Ga 30101

I enjoy any outdoor sports and activities such as hiking and

I’m also an animal lover who has a heart for stray animals.

Beginner with Norwegian language

Dr. Micheal Anderson DC, DABCI

Dr. Anderson is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, practicing in Dallas, GA. He has received extensive post-doctorate training in Specific Upper Cervical adjusting procedures and is certified through Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific (K.C.U.C.S.).

After 10 years of competing in the sport of powerlifting at the state and national level, reaching Collegiate first team All-American status, and competing on the US National Team at the World Championships in the Czech Republic in 1997, I suffered severe back pain and was only 24 years old. I was told I had disc problems and would need to stop competing. I found a chiropractor in Baltimore, Maryland and began care with fantastic results. As my body healed, I continued my PL career, and decided I wanted to help others receive health naturally through chiropractic care.

I was able to continue my PL career, but still had occasional pain, as well as digestive issues, stomach pain, and skin problems. While in school, I came across an amazing chiropractic procedure called Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic. After experiencing this type of care, my health went to the next level, and my symptoms completely resolved over the next 3 years. By now I was 30 years old, extremely healthy, and looking to share my Upper Cervical chiropractic health knowledge with all.

Dr. Anderson did his undergraduate studies at Towson State University in Baltimore Maryland and graduated with a degree in Marketing and Sports Management. Then he graduated in 1995 from Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri. Dr. Anderson continued his education with postgraduate work in upper cervical care getting certified from Michael Kale in 1996. He earned master certification in KCUCS Upper Cervical procedure in 2001. Since then, he has been teaching doctors around the world KCUCS Upper Cervical procedure. Dr. Anderson also has DABCI functional health training and certification.

  • Clinical Vision Research: Kessinger Clinic, 1996.

  • Clinical Respiration Research: Kessinger Clinic, 1996

  • Incidence of Symptomatic Reactions to Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care and their Effects on Satisfaction and Clinical Outcomes: Participating Field Doctor March 2008

  • Improvement in Pattern Analysis, Heart Rate Variability & Symptoms Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care 2013

  • Pulse pressure findings following upper cervical care: a practice-based observational study 2019

The goal of Anderson Integrated Health Center’s upper cervical specific chiropractic care is to remove interference to the nervous system by making a correction that allows the body to heal itself. The procedure utilized by Anderson Integrated Health Center works with the body’s innate capacity to heal itself when the nervous system is free from interference. This procedure is gentle and effective for infants to the elderly. Computerized diagnostic instrumentation is utilized to determine if a person can be helped with this procedure. Helping patients who have suffered for years with no relief is very rewarding. But probably what Dr. Anderson enjoys the most is seeing young children recover from health problems that prevents them from having to suffer for a lifetime.

Dr. Anderson resides in metro Atlanta with his wife Theresa and two children, Jeremiah and Hope. He enjoys family time, his children’s sports, coaching his son’s basketball team, racquetball, and staying active in a challenging race like the Tough Mudder. Dr. Mike met his wife at chiropractic school in Chesterfield, Missouri and Dr. Theresa went on to become an upper cervical doctor herself. She paused her career to be a full-time home-school mother, and has returned to practice alongside her husband. Dr. Mike Anderson also has strong faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and enjoys being a long-time member at Westridge Church in Dallas, Georgia.

In addition to staying physically active, Dr. Anderson understands the importance of excellent nutrition to achieve great health. He and his family have achieved a healthy lifestyle without the use of pharmaceuticals, including vaccines, and he has been drug-free since 1993. He thanks God for the health his family enjoys, knowing that God gave us natural ways to live a healthy life!