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When You Are Hard on Your Neck, Bad Things Can Happen

By Sandy Schroeder

When we treat our necks badly, everything can become a major effort and take twice as long. Tasks at home and effort at work may slow way down. Neck muscles may seize painfully or become an ongoing ache with stiffness or tightness.

When we consider how much time we spend hunched over screens and keyboards, it is not surprising that the neck reacts. Wherever you are with neck pain, it is time to restore full motion and head off future pain with chiropractic assistance.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is well equipped to help you turn the situation around. Your chiropractor will review the symptoms, your daily routine, and health history to make a diagnosis. Poor posture, arthritis, declining muscle strength, stress, lack of sleep and degenerative disc disease can be involved.

Your chiropractor may use a gentle targeted spinal adjustment to ease the pain and generate wellness. Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may keep your neck limber and pain-free. You, your chiropractor and doctor may form a team to follow through with treatment and preventive measures.

Harvard Health suggests following through with these preventive measures.

Make some ergonomic changes - Use a headset for your phone. Prop your tablet up at a 45-degree angle, and position your computer monitor at eye level.

Avoid fixed positions - Sit up straight and move frequently to avoid trapping your neck into one damaging position.

Limit the pillows - Using too many pillows under your head can create an awkward neck position that leads to stiffness and pain.

Watch what you lift and tote - Avoid lifting or moving furniture or other bulky items. Get help. Lighten up totes and shift them from one shoulder to the other, or divide the contents into two bags.

Keep eyeglass prescriptions up to date - Avoid straining or leaning forward or back to see better.

Rest well - The neck and all of the other parts of the body perform best with 7 to 9 hours of sleep.

Note: Neck pain can usually be resolved, but there are serious symptoms such as numbness of an arm or leg, radiating pain or weakness, severe pain, fever and weight loss that should be seen by a doctor.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is ready to help. Find out more about the affordable healthcare plans that eliminate the hassle of insurance. Take advantage of weekend and evening hours. Walk-in visits are welcome.

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

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