Neck twitching is an involuntary, sudden contraction and jerking in the muscles of the neck and can be caused by an overuse, stress, strain and weakness in the muscle of the neck that can be caused by a poor posture. The muscles of the neck are unconsciously tensed and jerking that can be seen in the muscle which persists for a few minutes before receding.
In some cases, the neck twitching can also be considered as side effects of some medications such as anti-depressive medications.
Treatment and home remedies for neck twitching
- When there is twitching of the neck muscle, perform some simple exercises of the neck to help lessen the symptoms. Gently move the neck to one side and hold it for a few seconds and return to the original position. The next step is to move again the neck to the other side and repeat the same procedure.
- Apply pressure immediately after spasm of the muscle. Press the affected muscle using the palm or fingers and put pressure as much as possible so that the spasm will stop and then massage the area using firm pressure at least 2-3 minutes until the neck twitching is minimized.
- Take a hot shower can help minimize the neck twitching. Allow hot water to flow directly to the affected side of the neck for a few minutes until the twitching is minimized.
- Apply a warm compress on the affected area. You can utilize a towel that is soaked in hot water and place it over the affected area for 10-15 minutes.
- Make a fist with the hand and place it below the chin and then slowly move the head backwards using the force of the fist and remain in that position for a few minutes until a stretch is felt. Relax the neck by returning the neck to its normal position and repeat this procedure at least five times.
- Apply an ice pack to help in minimizing the severity and frequency of the neck twitching. Place a few ice cubes in a cloth and then place over the twitching muscles for 10 minutes at least 2-3 times every day. The next day, you have to alternate applying hot and cold compress on the affected neck. Place a hot water bag over the affected muscles for a few minutes since it helps in relaxing the strained muscles.
- Even poor posture can cause neck twitching. The individual should sit in a chair with an arm rest since this helps in relaxing the shoulder and helps in minimizing excess load on the muscles of the neck while sitting or working on the desk. Keep the feet raised slightly in order to keep the back well rested and the person can sit all the way back in the chair.
- Take mineral and vitamin supplements which contain magnesium which is a natural relaxant for muscles of the neck.