The old saying “so and so is such a pain in the neck” highlights how frustrating neck pain can be. Discomfort, soreness, and stiffness can make it hard to turn your head and difficult to get comfortable while doing almost anything.
To put it simply, neck pain can be a real pain in the neck! Even minor neck pain can affect your quality of life – but relief is available, and it doesn’t come from a bottle.
While most neck pain is related to emotional stress like worrying about a deadline, physical stress is also a contributing factor.
Here are a few ways to reduce physical stress on your neck:
- Take frequent breaks from sitting in front of a computer. Keep your head aligned with your spine and relax your jaw – the same goes for when you’re texting.
- Sleeping on your stomach can stress your neck. Try a side or back position with a supportive neck pillow.
- Move. Shrug your shoulders up and down. Pull your shoulder blades together to prevent the neck from stiffening.
Follow up your treatment plan and make regular care a part of your routine.
If you feel the emotional stress is a contributor to your neck pain then practicing mindfulness, yoga, meditation and/or seeking counselling to address the hidden cause behind the physical manifestation of the emotional pain should be on top of your list for 2021