I can tell you how I helped my lower back but it took two years and I have no idea how you apply this warming up idea to a person neck. Before I tried to get out of bed in the morning, I rolled on to my back and put both hands on my knee of one leg as I raised the leg. I then brought the knee as close to my chest as I could and held it there for about a 10 count. If there is a sharp pain,,, do not do this…… I would do each leg about 10 times. I would put my feet on the floor while on my stomach was sliding off the bed and then used my knees to stand straight up taking the stress off my lower back to get up and start walking. I do not know how a person would apply this to their neck.
The neck is serious stuff and your doctor needs to tell you what he/she is going to do about your neck and lower back. Expect help,,, get help or get another doctor. Believe me when I say that some doctors will put up with a condition until the person gets serious about complaining and expecting help. I used to get in that heated pool every chance I got because it does help. You would not be human if you did not get a little depressed about being in constant pain and losing the ability to do some things. The best thing you can do is get started on a better tomorrow with your doctor or doctors,,,, a plan of action to make things better will do more for your spirits than you realize.
Doing nothing is what brings on depression or makes it worse. The people in your life that are important to you should have a full understanding of what your day is like and what you go through. In this Christmas season we all end up doing and going more than we would like to. If it makes you worse to do this,,,, Don’t do it and make the people that are important to you realize why. You will find support from many an no support from a few. You will find that the few are less important than they were. I have been the crusty old cocoon and some people think I still am. LOLOL they join the few in my mind and they will for you too.
I am saying that many here have been where you are and understand how much a bad back and/or neck changes a persons life. I am also telling you that many will pray for you and your condition today and tomorrow and on and on. May your doctors have their best day in helping you and make sure to tell us as things happen and get better or worse because their are people reading here that will not talk about this problem in their life will gain from what you have to say.