Neck pain can occur from many things, such as lifting something heavy, or neck pain can occur from not doing anything at all, such as sleeping wrong. Neck pain can also occur from doing something repetitively, such as your job each day. If you work in an office, your job can be causing your neck pain, as you may be hunched over and sitting improperly, which can lead to both neck, shoulder, or back pain. To help you prevent neck pain, there are a few things you can do. Read on for some preventative tips and what you can do if you do have neck pain.
1. Sit Up Straight
Whether it's for your job, or while at home, you need to be sure you are sitting up straight. Sitting hunched over for hours on end is going to give you back and neck pain when you finally get up. Sit with your back straight against the chair and your arms comfortably next to your side. If you work in an office and at a desk, use the armrests on your chair rather than hunching over with your arms on your desk. Adjust your computer so you can sit up straight and in your chair properly to prevent neck, shoulder, and back pain.
2. Stretch Often
Stretch your neck and back often to prevent getting too stiff, especially when working out or playing a sport. Move your neck from side to side to stretch your neck muscles and arch your back to stretch the muscles in your back. You can stretch your back by kneeling on the floor and your arms/hands on the floor in a table pose. Arch your back up and then press your belly towards the floor to stretch your back.
3. Hold a Digital Device At Eye Level
If you are holding onto a digital device such as a phone or a tablet, you need to hold it at eye level. Don't look down at the device, as you can end up straining the muscles in the neck and shoulders, or even your lower back. Instead, hold the device up higher to prevent looking down. Take breaks from these devices often to prevent strain.
If you have neck, shoulder, or back pain, use the tips above to help prevent strain. Contact chiropractors like Eric Schmetterling DC to learn about adjustments to help alleviate stress in your muscles and joints.