This Wednesday let’s talk about Neck pain and simple tips to manage it –
A lot of people will agree to have woken up with a frozen neck or an injury that has causes neck pain.
Whether your neck pain is from a chronic condition or if you’ve just woken up with a stiff neck, the following tips should be handy.
Try a new pillow.
In terms of comfort and support for your neck, while you sleep, there are many options and you may need some trial and error to find what works best for you.
As a general rule, it is best to use a pillow that keeps your cervical spine in neutral alignment—meaning, the natural curve of your neck is supported and maintained.
Make sure your computer monitor is at eye level.
Sit comfortably in front of your computer and close your eyes. When you open them, your gaze should be directly in the middle of your computer screen. If you find you have to look down, you need to prop up your monitor so that it is higher.
Avoid neck strain from texting.
Texting or looking down at your cell phone or mobile device for any length of time puts excessive strain on your neck.
Over time, the added stress on the joints, ligaments, and discs in your neck can lead to premature degenerative changes in your neck.
Tips to avoid neck damage from texting include raising the phone or mobile device to eye level, minimizing texting time, resting your hands and device on a pillow, and taking frequent breaks.
Use a headset.
If you spend a lot of time on the phone, be sure to avoid tilting your head to the side or cradling your phone in the crook of your neck. Any type of hands-free device, such as a headset or ear-piece, is a great way to talk on the phone without being tempted to hold your phone incorrectly.
Carry weight evenly.
A common mistake people make is carrying a heavy purse or briefcase on one side of their body. This uneven load can cause your shoulders to become uneven, straining your neck muscles.
First, try to lighten your load by carrying essentials in your purse or briefcase or use backpack that distributes weight evenly across both of your shoulders.
Maintain supportive posture.
Poor posture can cause neck pain by straining muscles and ligaments that support the neck, resulting in injury over time.
The head-and-shoulders-forward posture is the most common example of poor posture.
Exercise and stretch your neck.
Lastly, try these three easy stretches at home or work to relieve neck pain and strengthen the muscles:
Simple neck stretch
What are your tips to manage neck pain? Leave us a comment below.
We wish you a pain-free, healthy life!