The average adult head weighs about eight pounds and is supported entirely by muscles in the neck and upper back. It is therefore no surprise that neck ache is often caused by poor posture. This can cause the ligaments and tissues surrounding the joints in your neck to become fatigued and possibly inflamed as well.
You can help prevent the development of chronic neck pain by visiting an osteopath as soon as you feel any discomfort at all in your neck. Treatment may include soft tissue techniques, rhythmic passive mobilisation and high velocity thrust techniques to help improve spinal mobility and increase the range of movement. Your consent is asked throughout the treatment and always before any thrust technique is used.
- Keep your neck active within a pain free range and try to avoid using a collar or similar support unless advised by a doctor.
- Do not ignore any pain radiating down an arm or numbness. You are strongly advised to consult an osteopath or your GP who will perform special tests to determine the most likely cause and advise you accordingly.
- Use a pillow that supports the hollow of your neck and keeps your head in a neutral position.
- Try to avoid sleeping on your stomach as this places a great deal of strain on your neck
- Slowly stretch your neck as opposed to making sudden movements. An osteopath can advise you in this respect.
- Sit upright and avoid slouching as this encourages the head to roll forward, placing more strain on you neck muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- If you regularly use a laptop at home, consider purchasing a remote, wireless keyboard and mouse. These are relatively inexpensive and allow you to raise the actual laptop screen to a height where you do not have to look down at it.