Why Is Your Neck Sore?
By Sara Butler
Neck pain is something most people want to avoid. Unfortunately, it’s quite common. It can range from dull and aching to sharp and intense. It can limit your range of motion and make completing everyday tasks more difficult. When you have neck pain, you may be scratching your head about how on earth it happened – but the truth is that it could have a simple cause. Here are the top reasons chiropractors see neck pain at The Joint Chiropractic.
Too Much Screen Time
You live in an age where the entirety of human knowledge is at your fingertips. In fact, your smartphone has more computing power than was used to send a man to the moon! So, it’s no wonder you spend several hours a day perusing the internet on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. But all that time can lead you to an overuse injury of your neck that results from looking down for long periods of time with your head hung forward.
Using the Wrong Pillow
Pillows are important. If you’re using the wrong kind of pillow that doesn’t offer the right kind of support to your neck and spine, then you’re asking for neck pain and discomfort. The kind of pillow you need relies on several factors, so make sure to discuss with the chiropractor what kind of pillow you should be using in order to avoid neck pain.
Slouching happens. Not everyone can have perfect posture all the time, but you should make an effort to practice proper posture over the course of your day. When you stand or sit with a slouched posture, it places stress and strain on your shoulders, upper back, and neck. That can lead to pain and discomfort for you – all because you didn’t listen when your mom told you to stand up straight all those years ago!
Exercise and Overuse
When you exercise, you do it with the best of intentions. The problem is that you may be doing more harm than good if you keep your shoulders and neck tense while exercising. You need to pay attention to your body during exercise, making sure that you breathe correctly and that your muscles aren’t protesting too much.
You’re in the (Wrong) Drivers Seat
If the seat in your car isn’t adjusted correctly, then it can lead to neck pain. Just as your office chair should be adjusted right, so should the seat in your car. It should allow you to sit with proper but relaxed posture as you drive, not straining to reach the wheel or other important things as you’re cruising along.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.