Chances are that if you have a desk job or a job that requires any prolonged sitting you’ve had a run in or two with neck pain.
Or maybe you’ve woken up with a crick in your neck and thought you'd slept awkwardly.
Neck pain is a common daily occurrence.
And if it’s none of the above, maybe something else is contributing to you neck pain?
So, how can we change your situation?
Quick fixes don’t often equate to long term solutions.
You can get temporary pain relief, but the problem often eventually returns.
Here are 5 strategies you can put in place to minimize OR prevent the occurrence of neck pain.
Check your work station. Is it ergonomic? When you sit in your chair, do your elbows, hips and knees form 90 degree angles? When seated, does your gaze come to the top of your computer screen? If you have access to worksite assessments take advantage!
See an optometrist. When did you last have an eye exam? If you’re straining to see your computer screen you may be poking your chin forward, increasing muscle tension and load on your neck joints.
Sit back in your chair. Sitting forward or perching can push you into a forward lean and a poked chin posture, increasing back muscle tension.
Stretch. The longer you sit the more likely you are to experience ischemia, or reduced oxygen to your muscles – do you ever feel like your neck and shoulders are burning? Movement and stretching can help restore blood flow.
Move. Sitting for longer than 30 minutes isn’t great for your health or your spine. Stand up to stretch, re-adjust or take a quick break. Standing workstations are great, but remember if you can sit poorly, you can stand poorly!