Neck soreness

Why is my neck sore all of the time?  Rejoice in knowing that you are not alone and that there is a solution.

 

It's even more present in modern life, with handheld devices and increased workplace stressors playing a major role in the frequency and severity of this issue.

Causes

The amount that we use handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablets is bad for posture.  This is because, when viewing a device, our neck is lowered and our shoulders typically roll forward.  This position alone does not cause pain and discomfort.  However, if you think about how much you use your moblie phone daily and for how long at each sitting, if your postur is not up to standard that is when it can become an issue.

Device usage is not the only problem when it comes to neck pain.  Bad posture when walking and sitting will also cause tension and stress in the shoulders and neck muscles.  Other factors such as frequently carrying heavy backpacks or purses can put pressure on the neck.  Mental stressors can cause the body to hold onto stree in the form of tense muscles.  These issues like sports injuries and car accidents are typically unforeseen and are significant contributors to chronic neck pain.

 

Some problems that are linked to neck pain include pain the mid-back and shoulders, as well as tingling or numbness in the arms, hands or fingers.  Muscle tension, headaches and dizziness may also be prensent.  

Improving Neck pain

Stretching the neck- The neck should be able to stretch from side to side at a 45- degree angle.  Putting you chin to your chest is also a great way of checking neck flexibility.  You should aim to stretch your neck if you have kept it still for a length of time.  Stretching your neck can be done just about anywhere, anytime.

Stretch your back- neck pain can have a variety of causes and can often be linked to issues in the lower back.  So it's best to stretch the entire back on a requlat basis.  Yoga incorporates back stretches and is a great low impact exercise option in order to remain mobile and pain free.

Assess your posture- Be sure to fix your posture when you notice your shoulders and head starting to droop.  Good posture can help alleviate stress and muscle tension which ultimately lead to pain in the neck.

Strengthen your core.  This one is important engage your deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor, work on all those muscles that wrap around your spine.  A strong core is a key to injury and pain prevention.

As neck pain is becoming more common from a variety of causes it is more important to manage and implement simple changes to your daily routine.

 

 

 

 

 

Author
Troy Allam

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