The Chiropractor's Guide to Preventing Neck Pain
By Krista Elliott
A stiff neck. Most everyone's experienced it, to one degree or another, at some point in their lives. For some, it can be related to a serious injury or medical condition. For others, it can be the result of twisting the wrong way, or merely due to bad habits we've developed over time.
Whether your stiff neck is due to an injury or just your lifestyle, your first step should be to visit the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic for a comprehensive examination and course of treatment.
But if your neck pain is due to your lifestyle, what are some steps you can take to prevent it from happening again?
Keeping Your Neck Happy
Not all neck pain is preventable. Some of it is due to accidents, and some is simply due to the age-related degeneration of the cartilage in our cervical vertebrae. But a lot of neck pain, especially in younger people, can be prevented:
Sleep on your back if you can. Sleeping on your stomach puts strain on your neck. If sleeping on your back is not for you, the next best position is on your side. Be sure to use a pillow that isn't too high and allows the natural curve of your neck to be supported.
Watch your posture, both seated and standing. In particular, break the habit of letting your head jut forward. Keep your ears over your shoulders. Poor posture can cause neck pain by straining muscles and ligaments that support the neck, resulting in injury over time.
When using your phone or table, give your neck a rest by taking frequent breaks. Yes. I know it's tough, but put it down now and then. You should also try to bring your device up closer to you, instead of tipping your head forward.
Before playing sports, or engaging in any other type of exercise, be sure to warm up and stretch. You should also do exercises to strengthen your neck.
Instead of lugging a heavy purse or briefcase around on one arm, try switching to a backpack, which helps distribute the weight of the bag evenly. Empty out the items you don't need in there as well.
Drink lots of water. This helps nourish and hydrate the discs in the vertebrae of your neck, which are highly comprised of water. This keeps the discs strong, pliable, and functioning properly, which in turn reduces the chance of injury.
With some solid preventative measures and regular chiropractic care from The Joint Chiropractic, you could have a happy, pain-free neck for years to come!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.