Neck pain can range from being a mild annoyance to becoming an inhibiting factor in daily life. Most people at some point in their lives will experience, to some degree, a bit of discomfort in their neck muscles, which are always working hard to keep your head up against gravity. What causes neck pain, and how can we reduce it?
Causes of Neck Pain
Bad posture, poor sleep, a sudden jerky movement, or overwhelming stress are all factors that can contribute and cause neck pain, either directly or indirectly. Everyone is familiar with that awkward and disjointed feeling you get after spending an entire night sleeping in a strange pose. If this seems to occur frequently, consider investing in a new pillow, or assess how you sleep at night. While sitting in chairs, make sure you keep a straight back and don’t spend too long frozen in a twisted position, which is something many of us do when browsing the web or watching a movie. A small amount of fidgeting and adjustment can really help relieve strain. Finally, take some time to for yourself to relax! Life gets very busy with all that’s going on, and it becomes hard to just take a second and breathe. Don’t feel as though you are wasting any relaxation time; relieving stress will only come back to help you!
What Can I Do About it?
Finding the root of the problem is the most effective way to solve neck pain. That being said, however, it isn’t always clear exactly what that might be. Neck pain is most commonly due to strain placed on the soft tissues of the neck, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. For most people, it’s an accumulation of small things that quickly add up to become an issue, With some small tweaks to your daily routine, much of the problem might be able to be eliminated. For example, changing to sleep on your back can be an excellent place to start, and is a very easy change to make. When working at a monitor, sit comfortably and straight-backed, while keeping the screen at eye level so you don’t crane your head up or down. Regularly stretch out your neck and do small exercises to keep the muscles loose. While walking or running, carry your weight equally on both sides of your body, taking care to not lean heavily on one side or the other.
Neck pain, for most people, is a common minor discomfort that can be easily fixed with some simple stretches and changes. However, if your pain doesn’t go away or has gotten to the point where it’s disrupting your ability to go about your day, make sure you talk to your physician about t! Starget Physio is always happy to see new clients. Call us today at (403)452-2721.