The problem with neck pain
Neck pain always seems to come on so suddenly …
and when it does, you’ll want to know how to relieve it quickly and effectively.
Neck pain can be caused by a sudden whiplash, but in most cases, it just creeps up on you and it is hard to know what was the cause. For that reason, experts called it ‘non-specific neck pain’.
Don´t worry, there are specific things you can do to help relieve it and I will show you some of them in this blog …
How to deal with neck pain – First, some background.
The human head weighs approximately 10 or 11 pounds and accounts for about 8% of your total body weight. It’s only 2 or 3 pounds lighter than a tenpin bowling ball!
That’s quite an object to balance on your neck. However, when you watch a young child first learning to sit upright their heads seem so beautifully balanced. It’s an indication that the bad postural habits you adopt as you grow older can take their toll.
Unfortunately, neck pain is more common in people who spend much of their working day at a desk with a ‘bent-forward’ posture. Two out of three people are thought to experience neck pain in their adult lives, and after the age of 45, about 1 in 5 people are thought to have neck pain problems at any given moment. There are also some cases that neck pains are caused by whiplash which was a result from a recent truck accident or other vehicular accidents.
Posture is a major factor in causing neck pain. But too often overlooked causes of discomfort are; inadequate support for the neck while sleeping, and emotional and psychological stress.
So, how can you relieve neck pain?
First, think about your posture at your office desk. There are a number of things you need to get right, let´s check some of the most important ones.
Make sure your seat is adjusted so that your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are level with your hips. Also, make sure you have plenty of support for your lower back because poor lower back posture starts a chain reaction to the neck. You can also try a neck treatment from a chiropractor for a long-term relief.
Also make sure that your mouse is kept close to you, that you are square on to the keyboard and computer terminal and that your screen is the right height for your natural eye line. Most importantly, if you can, stand up and move at regular intervals.
Importance of stretching
Clearly, it is going to be beneficial to stretch the neck itself. The following link illustrates three simple neck stretches. In addition to stretching the neck, you should look to open up the chest by doing pectoral muscle stretches. Also, particularly in times of stress, the trapezius muscles can get very tight. This can put a lot of strain on the neck and create pain. Massage is a great way to relieve that type of tension.
Massage helps you to get relief from pain. It shouldn’t be painful, but if you have built up tension and knots it can feel a bit uncomfortable. Pain is good when having massage as this means that the tight tissue is releasing. it feels great because pain triggers the release of endorphins and also brings circulation in the area and releases tension from the knot.
Think about you
Check your emotions. Ironically, it could be psychological, not physiological factors that are creating the problem (tightness). I’d highly recommend researching into basic meditation or mindfulness as a possible remedy.
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