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Avoiding Common Neck Pain Triggers

By Stepy Kamei

Neck pain is one of the most common health complaints doctors treat on a yearly basis. It doesn't help that there are many different ways in which a person can strain their neck in such a way that causes those aches and pains to appear in the first place. If you have a good understanding about how neck pain can be brought about, it's easier to limit -- or even prevent -- episodes of neck pain from cropping up in your life. Keep on reading to learn more about the steps you can take in order to avoid some of the most common triggers of neck pain.

Tech Neck

Yes, "tech neck" is not just a buzzword right now; it's a real health issue impacting more and more people each year. This is especially true given the recent uptick in people working from home and therefore relying on their technological devices more than ever to stay connected with work, family, and friends.

The next time you find yourself glued to your laptop, desktop, or smartphone, take a moment to notice your body posture. More than likely, your shoulders are hunched up, and your neck is craned in an unnatural downward position. This posturing makes it difficult for the spine to support the head like it's supposed to do, which leaves a lot of the burden on your neck and upper shoulders. You can see, then, how this can create neck pain and stiffness over even a short amount of time.

Be sure to take frequent breaks from your devices. Set an alarm to go off every hour, and use that time to stand up, stretch, and get a glass of water.

Not Stretching and Moving Around

You may think that limiting activity and avoid straining your muscles too much is a great way to avoid neck pain. In reality, the muscles and ligaments in your body -- especially your neck -- truly thrive on a healthy amount of movement and stretching.

At the very least, try to start your mornings and end your evenings with some light stretches. Even just 10 minutes of yoga can do a world of good in relaxing and loosening those tight neck muscles, especially when done on a regular basis. A simple cardio exercise routine three times a week can also strengthen your muscles and improve your posture, leading to less neck pain.

Not Visiting a Chiropractor

No matter how chaotic the world can get, you can always rely on chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Come on in to The Joint clinic nearest you to see how a gentle session of chiropractic adjustments can relieve neck pain and tension in the upper back and shoulders.

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

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