Keep Neck Pain at Bay With These Tips
By Rachel Carver
You don't realize how important your neck is until it hurts. Though the primary job of the neck is to support the head, which weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, it also helps you lean forward to see your monitor and hold a phone to year ear.
Generally, you want to keep your head balanced directly over your spine and not leaning to one side. This will reduce stress put on the muscles in your spine and neck.
Here are some additional tips to keep your neck healthy.
Make Chiropractic Care Routine
A "misaligned" spine can impact your neck, causing pain and discomfort. Adjustments are also performed on multiple parts of the body, including the neck.
You should not wait until you are in pain to see the chiropractor. Routine adjustments can improve mobility and keep you out of pain. The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you makes regular care easy with affordable pricing and walk-in visits that fit your schedule.
Pay Attention to How You Sit
Especially when you spend long hours at a desk, it is easy to slouch, which puts added pressure on your neck, spine, and shoulders. Set your chair so your feet can rest flat on the floor. Your back and shoulders should rest uncomfortably against the chair when you sit.
Adjust your computer monitor so that it sits directly in front of your eyes. You want to avoid looking down or having to lean forward to see it clearly. Take frequent breaks to rest your neck and shoulders. If needed, set reminders on your calendar to stand up and move around.
Don't Forget Phone Time
Long phone conversations with your head cocked to one side can cause stiff neck muscles and pain. This can also happen when you conduct lengthy conversations on your cell phone on your couch or even walking around. Talk hands-free when you can to keep your head in a neutral position. Find a comfortable headset, or put your phone on speaker if this will not disrupt anyone else.
It is easy to get lost in a good book and forget how we are sitting or lounging in bed. If you read in a chair, hold the book so you don't have to look down to see it. Use a pillow to set the book higher on your lap. If you read in bed, as some people do to fall asleep, lie on your side with the book in front of you. You can also sit up if your bed allows you to sit in a neutral posture comfortably.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in University Heights, Ohio.