Neck Muscles and Neck Pain

Too much tension in your neck muscles can lead to neck pain and is one of the most common causes of it. The pull on the ends of the ligaments causes pain in the back of the head, and this pain can often shoot forward and be interpreted as a headache.

Usually a neck problem like this is minor; however, injuries do take some time to heal. For example, excessive head movement can slow the healing process and may even cause re-injury. Watch out for situations that may aggravate the pain, and try to avoid them.  This includes reading – if necessary, wear glasses while reading so you can be farther away from your book.  Sit back farther from your work – computers keyboards and office chairs are more ergonomic than ever to accommodate a variety of body shapes. If you don’t have ergonomic office furniture, consider getting some. If you already have it, experiment with different sitting and working positions until you find the one that’s right for you.

Keep the use of painkillers to a minimum or don’t use them at all.

Sleep on a firm mattress. Don’t sleep on your stomach. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow so that your neck is in a neutral position; not pointing up towards the ceiling and not pointing down towards the mattress. An excellent pillow to use is the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow. The water envelope sewn into the base of the pillow can be infinitely adjusted to provide the exact amount of support required, simply by adding water. A soft layer of polyester fiberfill floats over top of the waterbase to provide a comfortable night’s sleep.

These are a few recommendations that may help alleviate your neck pain.

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