Neck pain is discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. These include muscles and nerves as well as spinal vertebrae and the cushioning discs in between. Neck pain can be caused by poor posture, nerve irritation, inflammation, spasms and injury to any part of the neck, including, joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments, cartilage and joint capsules.
Causes of Neck Pain
- Herniated disc/disc bulges
- Spinal stenosis
- Incorrect sleeping position or the use of too many pillows
- Falling asleep while watching T.V.
- Working at a desk
- Car Accidents
- Muscle Spasms
- Sinus/throat irritation
- Trauma or injury
- Poor posture
- Nagging neck pain that shoots up the side of the head and/or down the back
- A sensation of tiredness or stiffness mostly felt upon waking up and/or in the evening after work
- Neck/Shoulder pain, usually extending to the arms and hands, causing weakness, numbness, and a feeling of pins and needles.
- Neck pain generated from the upper back and shoulder region. This type of neck pain can shoot up the neck and may be worse while lying down or sitting up.
- Stiffness of the neck
- Pain starting from the neck radiating between the shoulder blades or vice versa.
- WORK AT EYE LEVEL
- PROPER SLEEPING POSITION KEEPS YOUR NECK IN NEUTRAL POSITION PRESERVING THE NATURAL CURVATURE OF THE NECK
- KEEP YOUR HEAD LEVEL
- AVOID PROLONGED SITTING AND TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS WHILE WORKING AND DOING OTHER ACTIVITES (COMPUTER WORK, PHONE CALLS, READING ETC).
- WHILE DRIVING, ADJUST YOUR SEAT AND HEAD REST TO SUPPORT YOUR HEAD AND NECK
- STRETCH, STRETCH AND STRETCH
- Stretch before an activity or when playing sports
- Stretch after an activity or when playing sports.
- Stretch on a regular basis 2-3 times per week to maintain flexibility, agility and proper muscle, ligament, disc and tendon health.
- Lastly, practice good neck hygiene which includes posture, neck exercises and wellness.