Those who suffer from chronic to severe neck pain know how crippling it can be to go about everyday life. Even trying to do simple things, such as turning your head while driving, looking up at the top shelf at the store, or turning to look at your loved ones can become a painful struggle. Neck pain symptoms generally include pain, stiffness, numbness and the decreased ability to move. Luckily, there are some gentle ways you can alleviate your neck pain home.
- Create a comfortable workspace – Many people who sit at a desk for work all day tend to suffer from a stiff neck. It is important to create a comfortable work area, as well as sitting in a proper position. By adjusting your chair and computer so that you are sitting directly in front of the screen without having to strain or hunch, you create a more ergonomic position for the body. Remember to stand and stretch as often as possible.
- Avoid looking down – In this day and age, most of us tend to use electronics throughout the day. For example, a smart phone. Be sure to hold the phone at eye level, avoid looking down or holding it below your head. Constantly looking down can put a strain on the neck muscle. Try not to hold the phone with your shoulder while talking on it. This can cause strain in the neck as well.
- Take breaks during driving trips – Not only does sitting at a desk for long periods of time strain the neck, but long distance driving does as well. Be sure to pull over and take breaks as needed to avoid a stiff neck. Position your seat to ensure the correct support and posture for your neck and body.
- Stretch and stay hydrated – Staying hydrated is important for lubricating the discs in your neck and back found between your vertebrae. Rolling the shoulders or gently turning your head side to side can stretch the neck muscles, enabling increased mobility and function.
- Break Bad Habits – Avoid smoking, focus on proper posture throughout the day and eat a healthy and balanced diet consisting of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Foods that are high in magnesium content can help reduce recovery time from an injury and help those neck muscles to heal.
- Proper Sleep Position – Try to avoid sleeping on your stomach, as this can put a strain on your neck and back. Instead, sleep on your side or on your back, face-up. Purchasing a neck pillow for support may also help.
If you or a loved one are experiencing severe neck pain in Houston or any surrounding cities in Texas, call Campbell Medical Group at (832) 460-6468 for a free consultation and to discuss alternative treatment options.