Neck pain is typically caused by sprains or injuries that affect the tendons, ligaments and muscles that are around the neck. This area is also known as cervical spine. However, this pain can be attributed to cervical stenosis or cervical herniated discs. Fortunately, there are ways to protect and prevent neck injury and reduce neck pain.
Sleep In the Back Position
If you suffer with neck pain, sleeping in the back position will allow your spine to completely rest. For those who prefer to sleep on their side or on their stomach, be sure that your pillow is no more than six inches in thickness. By choosing a pillow that is thinner, you will reduce the risk of your neck turning unnaturally to one side while you are sleeping.
Use a Headset
If you spend a lot of time on the phone, your neck pain may be associated with cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear. To reduce neck pain, consider using a hands free device such as a handset. This is a great way to keep your conversation going without interruption and causing muscle soreness and pain in your neck.
Position Your Computer Screen
The best way to test to see if your computer screen is at the right level is to sit in your chair and close your eyes. When you open your eyes, they should be focused on the middle of the computer screen. If your gaze is not in the middle, use items such as books to adjust the height of the screen.
It is important that while you are working at your computer your head does not drift over your shoulders. Also take frequent breaks by getting up, walking around and doing some light stretching at least every half hour.
The discs that are located between the vertebrae are made mostly of water. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day so the discs stay healthy and pliable. It is ideal to drink at least eight glasses of water every day.
Many people make the error of carrying a large bag, briefcase or even a child on a particular side of their bodies. This can cause the shoulders to become uneven. As a result, the muscles become strained and this causes pain.
To prevent uneven weight distribution, only carry essential items in handbags and briefcases. Make a conscious effort to keep your shoulder at the same level at all times.
Reduce Neck Pain with Chiropractic Care
Visiting your chiropractor regularly can also reduce neck pain. A chiropractor can provide several different types of therapies to help get to the bottom of your problem. Chiropractic adjustments, cold laser therapy, cryotherapy, or even just massage therapy could alleviate your symptoms.
These are some simple changes you can make in your daily routine to reduce neck pain. If the pain persists, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor.
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