19, March 2010
“Computer neck” is a common side effect of our modern sedentary lifestyle. Conditions like computer neck are frequently seen by health care practitioners. The resulting forward head position can lead to neck, head and shoulder pain. If left untreated it can further develop into strained muscles and more.
Specific exercises and therapies can help. Start by sitting in the correct position at your computer station. A health care professional can advise you on the proper posture. For example, you should be relaxed, not hunched over the keyboard. You should also get up from your chair every hour or two and move around. This will help relieve any neck and head strain.
Whiplash injuries resulting from car accidents are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash can be serious and quite painful. See your health care practitioner immediately.
Sometimes people will wake up in the morning with a stiff neck for no apparent reason. The problem may be their pillow. Your pillow should be tailored to match your sleeping position. For example, if you sleep on your side you will need more support than if you sleep on your back. It’s important to maintain the natural curve of your neck while sleeping. One pillow that does this well is the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow. It consists of a super soft layer of polyester fiber fill that floats over a thin water envelope. The soft fiber layer provides the comfort that people expect from a premium quality pillow, and the thin water envelope can be tailored to give ongoing support to your head and neck throughout the night by adjusting the amount of water in it. See www.mediflow.com for more information.
A supportive pillow such as the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow can also help to maintain your natural spinal curve between adjustments from your health care provider for whiplash or computer neck injuries.