Do you suffer from chronic neck pain? Strain or injury to your neck can be caused by a lot of different things – you may not even realize that you’re contributing to it with certain activities. We’ll list three of the ways you can cause or contribute to neck pain
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Netflix. Okay, so Netflix doesn’t directly cause neck pain, but we’re all guilty of the familiar Netflix binge-watching session. Basically, if you spend long periods of time holding your neck in a forward or unnatural position, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Try to avoid sitting and staring at a TV, computer screen, or book for long periods of time. Let’s face it, sometimes Netflix marathons are necessary; if you feel the need to watch all three seasons of Orange is the New Black in one weekend, break up the hours with stretches.
Thinking. No, seriously. When you rest your forehead on your fist or arm, it’s called the “thinker’s pose.” If you do this frequently, it strains your neck muscles. Another kind thinking that’s bad for your neck is overthinking; if this is you, you’re overly stressed and—let’s be honest—stress contributes to a very wide range of health problems. Tension from stress causes your trapezius muscle (which runs from the back of the head across the back of the shoulder) to tighten, resulting in pain. Learn to avoid awkward positions and manage your daily stress.
Working. Don’t jump to conclusions here. We’re definitely not advising that you stop working. However, be aware that if you have a job which requires lots of heavy lifting or standing in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time, then you’re putting excess strain on your body. For example, this could be construction workers or house-painters.
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