We’ve all complained of a ‘stiff neck’ at some point. Whether you’ve woken up with neck pain after sleeping in an awkward position, or the stiffness has gradually got worse over time, there are a range of factors involved. Modern lifestyles are responsible for a rise in neck and shoulder pain – using computers and mobile phones are the main culprit.
Read on to find out how you can avoid neck pain in the first place, and how to treat it.
Avoid too many screens
As we rely more and more on computers and screens, it’s more important than ever to take breaks when we can. If you have to use a computer for work, make sure the screen is set at the correct height and eye level so you don’t have to look up or down. Mobile phones and tablets can also be a huge problem – take a look at your posture next time you’re texting someone or browsing the internet on a tablet. More often than not, your neck is forced downwards, putting extra pressure on your shoulders and upper back. Avoid looking at screens all day at work, and then all evening at home.
Spread weight evenly
Carrying a heavy weight on one shoulder can put pressure on the neck muscles, and cause other posture problems. Many of us often carry a laptop or handbag on one shoulder – try and carry weight evenly by using a backpack if possible. This is essential for young adults and children carrying heavy bags to school each day.
Sleep on your back
Certain sleep positions can cause neck pain, so be careful not to sleep on your stomach and twist the neck. The best position to sleep in is on your back, as the neck and spine remain in a neutral position. You can also buy special pillows to support the neck if you know you’re susceptible to neck and shoulder pain.
What to do when you have neck pain
Neck pain is quite literally a pain in the neck! It can stop you from getting on with daily life and doing normal activities like driving. If you have repeated episodes of neck pain, you should try a course of neck pain treatment from a qualified chiropractor. Rather than simply masking the pain until next time, manual therapy aims to reduce the risk of the pain reoccurring. Contact us to find out more.