Neck muscle pain is common, but that doesn't make it any less painful. At times it can be difficult to continue working and doing daily tasks with neck pain nagging in the background. The first reaction is usually to rub it and move the head from side to side or roll it. Sometimes this can give relief and can't hurt anything.
Other times it doesn't do anything and the neck muscles continue to be stiff and uncooperative. This is when you know that it's there to stay for a while and more aggressive action has to be taken.