Neck pain is a common problem. Quite often it is associated with a lack or underuse of neck muscles. Stress and/or a physically repetitive or static work situation can also damage the neck.
Even athletes can suffer from neck pain, due to weak muscles, as upper thoracic training is not neck training. These muscles need to be addressed specifically.
Neck pain – what are the most common symptoms?
Be proactive about preventing neck pain
Work out in order to counterbalance your monotonous or non-use of muscle groups in the neck.
Watch out for psychological stress or pressure at work and try to avoid it. Factors such as stress or loading yourself with too much work or responsibility can greatly contribute to tenseness.
Find out what your personal triggers of stress are and what you can do to reduce them.
TENSE MUSCLES ARE OFTEN THE RESULT
OF STRESSIf you work in an office environment, use any chance you have to move around and get some exercise.
Walk or cycle to the office, take the lift... Getting enough oxygen also helps to relax muscles and can prevent stress from building up in the muscles of the neck and shoulders.
“When we do not use our neck and upper back muscles as much as they are meant to be, these muscles weaken and shorten, while others become very tight.
“YES, ALL OF US HAVE NECK MUSCLES AND WE CAN TRAIN THEM TO REDUCE NECK PAIN
VERY EFFICIENTLY.”After a while, this tightening may manifest itself in pain and discomfort around the neck and upper back area. Applying heat to the area can alleviate the pain by increasing blood flow.”
Please note that none of the above tips replace professional medical advice. Consult a health expert in case of an injury or if you suspect overuse of joints or a medical condition such as a fracture.
A physician should be consulted in those acute cases when the condition is accompanied by reddening, swelling or hyperthermia of joints, ongoing joint trouble or severe pain and/or it is associated with neurological symptoms (e.g. numbness, tingling, loss of motion).
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