Along with back pain, neck pain is one of the most common complaints treated by Dr. Nikesh Seth. At Integrated Pain Consultants in Scottsdale, there’s a variety of treatments available including a range of alternative, drug-free therapies. However, understanding the cause of neck pain is foundational in treating it and preventing it from worsening. We live in a society where we’re constantly straining our neck muscles and slumping into poor posture. How can we put an end to these bad habits?
Consider the common posture of anyone with a mobile device. Their head is lowered, which over-stretches the muscles in the back of the neck while weakening the majority of neck muscles. The neck is part of the cervical spine, so it makes sense that neck and back pain often go hand in hand—they are attached and part of the spinal system. Correcting your posture, or at least becoming more aware of it, is a step in the right direction.
If you work with a screen, as many people do, make sure your ergonomics are correct. This includes creating a workstation that allows you to work with a screen while keeping a neutral neck. What does a neutral neck feel like? Stand against a wall in the anatomical position (back of the hands touching the wall and palms facing forward). The back of your head, shoulders, buttocks, maybe calves (depending on size), and heels should be touching the wall. Your chin should be parallel to the floor (having a friend check is best). If it feels like your head is way too far back or the posture is otherwise awkward, that’s a sign that you’re used to weak and poor posture. Try to remember how this feels and mimic it whenever you’re standing.
Yoga, physical therapy, and working with a licensed massage therapist are all great ways to strengthen the neck and re-enforce good posture. One of the toughest challenges will be reducing mobile device usage and keeping the neck neutral when you do use them. However, for neck pain relief, call Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552 today.