There are several mechanisms that can transfer pain signals from the head to the neck and vice-versa. These pain pathways play a vital role in causing headache and neck pain to occur together.
Waking up with a stiff neck may be the result of a sleeping position or unrelated neck injury. Find out common causes of neck stiffness both during and after sleep and how you can treat and prevent them.
Treatments for chronic neck pain include neck exercises, cold and heat therapy, postural changes, spinal manipulation, massage therapy, and acupuncture.