“This is a real pain in the neck” is more than just a saying for many. While neck pain can be a result of injury or disease, the vast majority is caused by simple muscle tension. And according to our Stoke on Trent chiropractor, there are simple measures that everyone can take to reduce the risk of an achy, sore or rickety neck.
1: Maintain good posture
Posture has a lot to do with neck pain. And here’s why: the head and spine balance in relation to gravity. Poor posture pulls the curve of the lower back forward, and so the upper back curves backward to compensate. As a result, the neck bends forward, in a strained and unnatural position.
It’s incredibly easy to help align your body properly. Stand with your back to a wall with your heels several inches from the wall. Your bottom and shoulders should touch the wall, and the back of your head should be close to the wall. Keeping your chin level, step away from the wall. Then step back and check your position. You should try to hold this posture throughout the day. (It may feel a little strange at first – kind of like you’re balancing an imaginary book on your head – but with enough practice, it will become a subconscious habit.)
2: Work on your stomach muscles
Just as poor posture can strain the neck muscles, weak stomach muscles can force the upper back to curve backward and the neck to bend forward. Exercises such as bent-knee curls are a simple and low impact way to strengthen abdominal muscles and as a result, lower the risk of neck strain.
It’s no big revelation that emotional stress can trigger muscle tension, so it’s a good idea to pay attention to the things that gets your blood pumping a little harder than usual. Once you’ve identified your common stressors, you can think about ways to reduce tension and anxiety.
Effective relaxation techniques include meditation, yoga, and exercise. On the other hand, you may want to develop some of your own methods of relaxation, such as starting a hobby or listening to your favourite music. There’s no right or wrong way to relax; just do whatever works for you.
Try these tips – there’s no bigger pain in the neck than a pain in the neck!
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From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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