Crisis has its benefits

I have neck pain.  It’s been going on for years.  Usually, I get sore stiff muscles once a week and a headache.  This is the consequence of having a big bobblehead on a pencil thin, weak neck.  In the throes of pain, I have thought many a time about doing the right thing, and going to see a physical therapist.  But then I get a heating pad, take a Tylenol, and put it off further.  This week, however, I learned the many benefits of a crisis.

I woke up Monday, and the pain was excruciating.  I could barely turn my head.  After gulping down two Tylenol and two ibuprofen, I struggled through the workday.  Hours passed with no relief.

Over the next few days, I tried every trick in the book, and yet the mind-numbing pain and stiffness continued.

Finally, I scoured the internet and found a series of neck exercises and stretches (the shortcut to physical therapy if you don’t have time).

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