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Get Rid of Those Pains in the Neck

By Paul Rothbart

"Pain in the neck" is a common figure of speech that can apply to all kinds of things, even people. But in the literal sense, it is perhaps more common. Many people experience neck pain frequently. The spine extends up through the neck to the base of the skull and it is very easy to cause a problem in the vertebrae or muscle tissue that brings on pain. You don't need to have an accident or even be moving. Neck pain can even develop while you sleep. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of the pain in the neck.

Sleep

It is very common to wake up with neck pain. People attribute it to sleeping the wrong way. That is an accurate diagnosis. Much like a repetitive strain injury, lying asleep with your neck at an awkward angle can compress vertebrae and tighten muscle. The pain is often severe and can last for several hours. Sleeping on your stomach puts your neck in a bad position. If you do, change to sleeping on your side or back. Pillows that are too thick or too thin can also put your neck at an angle that can cause pain. A pillow with neck support is ideal. Try several to find the one that suits you best. You want your neck to be straight with no unnatural curve in the vertebrae.

Technology

Technology dominates the lives of many people. They use it for work and recreation. There's nothing wrong with that and tech is incredibly useful. The problem is looking at a computer screen or down at a laptop, tablet, or smartphone puts the neck at a bad angle. Given the long work hours and the amount of time many people spend on social media, it's no different than sleeping eight hours with your neck positioned improperly. The way to fight this is to be conscious of your neck angle. Set your monitor so you can look straight on, head up. Place your laptop on top of some books so you don't have to look down. When looking at a tablet or smartphone, hold it up in front of your face. It's also important to take frequent breaks from your tech. Get up, look around and do some neck stretches.

Chiropractic Care

If you experience neck pain, think about seeing a chiropractor. A chiropractic examination can get to the source of the problem, whether it be a compression, subluxation, or tight muscles. The chiropractor is trained to correct these problems with an adjustment that can reduce the pain and make it less likely to recur. It's a good addition to your neck care routine.

Neck pain is common and makes everything difficult. But you don't have to suffer from it. Be mindful of your sleep and tech positions. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. You may find that chiropractic care is the final weapon in the fight against neck pain.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tempe, Ariz.

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