Neck Pain Relief
Everyday life isn’t kind to the neck. You may be very familiar with that crick you get when you cradle the phone between your shoulder and ear, or the strain you feel after working at your computer. With the rise of smart phones, tablets, and desktops, it’s no wonder that neck stiffness is on the rise.
Neck pain rarely starts overnight. It usually evolves over time. It may be spurred by arthritis or degenerative disc disease, and accentuated by poor posture, declining muscle strength, stress, and even a lack of sleep.
Most often the result of muscles that weaken over time due to poor posture and misuse, result in a rigid neck affecting work performance, sleep, driving, and more. Tightness and constant aches are usually associated with muscle strain and soft tissue fatigue.
The neck doesn’t react properly with weakened and rigid muscles. Looking at the computer and smart phone for extended lengths, as many of us do, strains the muscles surrounding the neck joint. When you go to turn your head, it may no longer turn smoothly, lacking range of motion. The levator scapulae muscle, which runs along the back and side of the neck, is the most susceptible to straining. Common activities such as sleeping in an awkward position, slouching, tension from stress, can all burden the levator scapulae muscle.
Harvard Medical School published the following tips for relieving neck pain relief (https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/6-ways-to-ease-neck-pain):
Tight muscles can contribute to poor posture and cause neck and back pain. Using the GenerationFit Lacrosse Trigger Point Massage Ball (https://generationfit.net/product/lacrosse-ball-for-therapy/) can help to release tight muscles that lead to a stiff neck. This also allows for better posture and mobility.
Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-BtbOLfoj4 for more details on using a lacrosse ball to reduce neck pain.
Our previous blog, “Pain in the Neck? 5 Simple Exercises to Ease Your Neck Nuance” (https://generationfit.net/pain-in-the-neck-5-simple-exercises-to-ease-your-neck-nuance/) provides you with other exercises to stretch your neck. These include:
Generally, neck pain is nothing to worry about, but if it’s occurring with other, more serious symptoms, such as radiating pain, weakness, or numbness of an arm or leg, make sure to see your doctor.