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Top 7 Tips To Ease Neck Pain
By Raymond Lee
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There is no question that the human body is one amazing machine. But sometimes you have to wonder why nature could not come up with a better way of attaching your head to your shoulders. With such a delicate design, your neck is exceptionally vulnerable to sprains, strains, and other injuries. Probably the best – known condition is whiplash, which occurs when your neck is abruptly thrust forward or snapped backward. But neck pain can also result from a ruptured disk, overuse, or even poor posture. Nearly everyone can expect to have neck pain at some point in their lives. The good news is that between 70 to 80 percent of all aching necks get better on their own within a few hours or days. To keep your pain from coming back, here are some tips that you can consider to adopt.
- Avoid Sedatives
While you are sound asleep, your body turns continuously to make itself more comfortable. Sedatives diminish this self-adjusting ability, so your body does not move around as much. As a result, you may stay in an awkward position for a long period of time and wake up with an aching neck.
You can do this simple exercise to relieve your muscle tension. Sit up straight and bend your head forward so that your chin rests against your chest. Slowly turn your head to the left. Look up as far as you can, as though you were trying to see directly above your head. Return to your chin to your chest, then turn your head to the right. Again, look up as far as you can. Do a repetition of three whenever you feel tension in your neck.
- Move Around
It is recommended not to sit in the same position for too long. Looking down at the desk or staring at a computer screen all day puts a great amount of stress on your neck. Suggest changing positions from time to time and taking a stretch break at least every 30 minutes.
- Drive Using The Right Way
Adjust your car seat so that you can see over the steering wheel without straining. You should not have to thrust your neck forward for a clear view of the road. In addition, you need to adjust your headrest so that your neck will not snap forward if you stop suddenly or are involved in an accident.
- Try Aspirin
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be effective in the treatment of neck pain. However, none has proved to work better than aspirin. No matter which product you choose, it is recommended to take the smallest does needed to control your pain.
- Ask For A Raise
Your desk can give you a pain in the neck. And not because your In box is piled high with papers. It should be the desk that comes to you and not the other way round. If it is too low, then find a way either to raise it or bring your work closer to eye level. Do not lean forward all day. If you must lean forward, do it from your hips rather than from your back or neck.
- Button Up Your Overcoat
Cold can stiffen your muscles, including those in your neck. Therefore, when you head outside in a frigid weather, try to keep your neck warm. Just by wearing a turtle-neck or a scarf can make a difference.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: November 09, 2007