Up to Your Neck in Pain? Chiropractic May Help
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us are hard on our necks. We sit too long, move too little and load ourselves up with stress every day.
Dr. Zacharia Isaac, medical director at Comprehensive Spine Care Center at Harvard-affiliate Brigham and Women's Hospital, says neck pain usually sneaks up on us over time. Poor posture, loss of sleep, constant stress, degenerative disc disease or loss of muscle power can be the culprits.
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Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find solutions now. Your chiropractor will review your pain, lifestyle and health history to seek a natural solution without prescription medication or surgery.
A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may provide far-reaching pain relief and an overall feeling of wellness with better sleep, more energy, and sharper alertness. Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may keep the recovery moving as you and your chiropractor put together a treatment plan.
Harvard Health recommends these changes.
Keep moving - If you sit at work for long periods, get up every 30 minutes to stretch or walk around. Ongoing movement will help you avoid getting locked into one position.
Adjust your workspace - Make sure the top of your monitor is at eye level. Use a headset or hands-free option for your phone and prop up tablets at a 45-degree angle.
Sharpen your vision - If you wear glasses, replace distance or reading glasses with computer glasses that are set up for the screen distance. Also take 20-second breaks every 20 minutes to rest your eyes.
Avoid severe challenges - Before you lift a very heavy box or try to move a big piece of furniture, consider how your neck and back might be injured and get help.
Keep pillows level - Choose a pillow such as a down one that lets your head sink into the pillow and keeps the head, neck and body aligned to avoid neck stiffness and pain.
Rest well - Get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to keep your whole body healthy, including your neck.
Reduce stress - If all of the muscles in your neck are tight, stress may be the chief culprits. Treat yourself to a warm bath, or swim in a warm pool. Consider stress relievers such as yoga or tai chi classes. Or take the afternoon off to see a friend and relax a little.
To get started with the best solutions for your neck pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Find out about affordable personal healthcare plans that require no insurance, convenient weekend and evening hours, and walk-in visits. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.