5 best ways to avoid neck pain

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If you’re interested in using exercise to help relieve neck pain, make sure you get help from a physiotherapist who can create an individualized exercise program based on your pain severity, limitation of movement, and current strength. The program should have clearly stated goals and include stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as exercises to improve how you use your neck muscles. Ideally, if you are working with a physical therapist, he or she will guide you through appropriate exercises, motivating you to work hard enough to see positive results but not so hard as to cause further injury. Before you exercise independently, make sure you understand which exercises to do and how to do them safely. Ask for written instructions and appropriate clarifications if you are still unsure.

 Here are the 5 ‘S’ in preventing and managing neck pain that can be practiced on a daily basis.

  1. Short break: After all we are humans and not machines who needs breaks at regular intervals. Whether it is sitting in front of a computer or watching television, if you maintain the same position for a long period of time, your neck can get additional strain. This often results in more stiffness and pain. To prevent this, take a break every one hour.
  2. Stretching: Stiffness and tension in your neck can be relieved through stretching. Start by tilting your head from left to right and hold for 20 seconds on each side. Next, place your hand on top of your head and stretch your neck towards your shoulder on each side. Be sure to perform these stretches with slow, smooth movements.
  3. Sitting straight: Your muscles are always working hard to hold your head up. But if you are not adopting a good posture, your muscles have to work even harder. Whether you are sitting or standing, make sure that your shoulders are over your hips and your ears are over your shoulders. Try to visualize the top of your head trying to touch the ceiling. You will lengthen and elongate your neck and get as tall as possible. This takes the stress off of your neck muscles.
  4. Suitable Chair: You need to look for a chair that can provide you with adequate support. It’s best to look for a chair with a back that goes up to shoulder level. With this high-backed chair, your neck and back are kept vertical, and you can lean your head back periodically to give your neck a chance to relax. You may also want to use a small cushion to keep your back in a neutral position.
  5. Stress management: Studies show that psychological and social issues are important contributors to both back and neck pain. Emotional issues are rarely a cause of neck pain, but they can increase the symptoms of neck pain. Once you identify stress as part of the problem, resolving the neck pain is significantly easier.

For physiotherapy treatment, you can always call Portea on 1800-121-2323 and heal at home.

Related Readings: Back pain.

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Rohit Nair

Dr. Rohit Nair is a physiotherapist by profession and has years of experience in treating patients.


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