Avoiding Neck Pain: 3 Things You Do Everyday That Are Making It Worse
April 27, 2023
Do you often wake up with neck pain or experience discomfort throughout the day?
It might be surprising to learn that some of your everyday habits could be contributing to this issue. As a physical therapist, I’ve noticed that many of my patients unknowingly engage in activities that can strain their neck and cause discomfort.
Let’s take a look at three common mistakes and what you can do to ease neck pain.
1. Watching TV
Do you watch TV with the screen hung high on the wall, reclined with your feet up? While it may seem comfortable, this position can strain your neck and head.
Keeping your head tilted upwards or stretched out for extended periods can lead to headaches, eye strain, and muscle tension.
This can also occur if you find yourself sitting off to one side of the TV having to turn your head to the side while watching.
To avoid this, try positioning your TV at eye level in front of you.
You could even invest in a TV stand or mount that allows you to watch TV without tilting your head upwards or reaching out.
This simple adjustment can help reduce strain on your neck and promote better posture.
2. Carrying Your Bag
Do you carry your bag on one shoulder or hold a heavy briefcase in one hand?
This common habit can cause muscle imbalance and strain in your neck and shoulders. The weight of your bag on one side can throw off your posture and lead to muscle stiffness.
To prevent this, reduce the weight of your bag if possible and switch sides periodically.
Distributing the weight evenly on both shoulders can help balance your posture and alleviate tension in your muscles.
Consider switching sides every 10 minutes or whenever you pass by a landmark as a reminder.
3. Sleeping Position
The way you sleep can also impact your neck health. Sleeping with your head propped up on multiple pillows or on your stomach with your head turned to the side can strain your neck and back.
Your neck is not designed to stay in twisted positions for hours on end.
To improve your sleep posture, try using a thicker pillow that fits nicely in the space between your neck and shoulder if you sleep on your side.
If you sleep on your back, opt for a single thin pillow to maintain a straight alignment of your neck and spine and doesn’t push your neck and head too far forward.
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~ Dr. Dallin Page
Dr. Dallin Page
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