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How to End Your Nagging Neck Pain


In today’s society, neck pain is very common. This is especially true for people that work at desks all day.Stress, posture and poor sleeping habits can all play a role in neck pain. Eventually neck pain becomes a normal part of daily life, but it does not need to be that way. There are numerous things that you can do to help ease your pain.

Posture
Posture can have a huge effect on neck pain. This is especially true if you have a sedentary job. As the days at work go on it is easy to progress to a forward leaning posture. This causes the muscles of your neck and upper back to work harder to continue to hold your head up.While this is a small amount of stress on those muscles right now, as time goes on and years pass, it results in cumulative micro-trauma. Cumulative micro-trauma can result in the shortening of muscles and a build-up of scar tissue. This build up of scar tissue and shortening of muscles can result in “knots” and leads to pain and stiffness of the neck. It is important to avoid sitting for too long and to have proper ergonomics.

Sleeping
Neck pain can be the result of sleeping position or the incorrect pillow. It is important to use a pillow that fits correctly. If you are a side sleeper it is important to have a pillow that is the right thickness to keep your neck straight. A pillow that is too thin or thick will cause your neck to lean to one side, which can cause problems over time.There are a lot of people that sleep on their stomach because it feels more comfortable, but when on your stomach you have to turn your head to the side all night. Turning your head to the side for long periods of time can lead to a lot of pain and stiffness.

Stretching
In order to keep proper length of your muscles and to keep your flexibility, it is important to stretch regularly. Many of these stretches can be performed right at your desk and can be done throughout the day. It is important to talk to a healthcare providerto ensure you are performing the stretches correctly and for an appropriate amount of time.

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