Neck pain. We’ve all experienced it at some point. No matter what line of work you are in, neck pain is one of the most common physical ailments we all must come to terms with. You might be working in an office that requires you to put a strain on your back and neck. Or perhaps you work in a more physical profession like construction, a job that requires you to lift heavy objects and navigate tight spaces. The point is, whatever the job you do, chances are you’ve experienced neck pain because of your work.
There are, of course, some definitive reasons why neck pain rears its ugly head. A muscle strain caused by poor posture is the most common. In fact, it is a poor posture that leads to neck pain for most of us. There is also chronic pain that develops over the years due to a mechanical issue in the joints – a symptom of wear-and-tear from the aging process.
Although it might seem like a stiff neck is an inevitable part of life, we are here to tell you it’s not. If you want to avoid recurring neck aches and pains, you need to take initiative and perform these at-home tricks to decrease your chances of developing chronic soreness in the neck.
A lot of good will come from 10 minutes a day of stretching. These do not need to be especially painful or trying poses, either, as that would be counter-intuitive to the purpose of the stretch. You are not looking to stretch in preparation for exercise. On the contrary, you can try rolling your shoulders back and down 10-20 times a day, bringing your ear to your shoulder 15 times each day, or spinning your head slowly around in the same direction for thirty seconds at a time.
Part of maintaining a healthy neck is being active. The more active you are, the more blood is pumped through your shoulders, upper back, and neck. This helps with mobility and will also give your neck muscles added strength. A strong back and neck are ones that are not easily susceptible to little aches and pains.
If you do come home from work with a stiff neck, then you should consider applying ice for the first couple of days, before switching to heat treatment afterwards if the pain persists.
Control Your Sleeping Posture
A lot of people like to sleep on their stomachs. This is unfortunate because they happen to enjoy a pose that has negative implications for their neck. If sleeping on your stomach is your preferred pose, then you are setting yourself up for chronic neck pain in the not too distant future. Sleeping on your side or your back are far better choices!