The flexible nature of the human neck means that it is prone to injury and strain. This can result in pain and restrict a proper range of motion.
Many people experience neck pain or stiffness in the neck occasionally. Much of the time, this is caused by poor posture or overuse. Sometimes, neck pain is caused by accidents from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash.
Sitting at a desk all day can all day can cause neck pain and strain on the cervical spine as your body fights to balance itself when you is hunched over.
Most of the time, this type of neck pain can be relieved in a few days with the help of an ice pack. However medical intervention is required if this pain lasts more than a week.
We have treatment for a variety of neck pain and issues including:
• Acute Wry Neck
• Facet Dysfunction
• Muscle Tension
• TMJ Dysfunction
Tips for preventing and reducing neck pain
• A great short-term strategy to reduce neck pain is an ice pack to the region regularly and making sure you keep the joints moving.
• Ensure your computer is at eye level. Your gaze should be directly in the middle of your computer screen. If it is not, use books or a stand to adjust the screen height.
• Try not to look down when texting or reduce your amount of texting time! It may look strange, but try bringing up your phone to eye level. Do not allow your head to drift forward over your shoulders.
• Form the habit of releasing tensions in the back using a foam roller or soft therapy ball in the upper back area. A tennis ball works fine as well. Trigger points causing neck strain are usually localised. This makes them easy to find and eliminate through massage and rolling. Sometimes, the site of the pain is not where the pain is coming from. In these cases, it is a good idea to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist to address the issues.
• Build up strength in your neck through frequent strengthening and stretching exercises throughout the day. Chin tucks are a great way to strengthen the neck and pull the head into correct alignment.
See the following video for useful neck exercises you can do at home: