Updated: Mar 28, 2019
Plain and simple it’s all about posture. Just about everyone is guilty of sitting with a bad position during the day. We typically think of bad sitting posture as affecting your back, and it also affects your neck.
Sitting with ‘good posture’ all day and every day, is practically impossible. Understanding when it comes to bad posture, it’s more a matter of reducing how poor your sitting posture is and exactly how long you are in that position.
When helping individuals suffering from neck pain, I commonly see people with poor posture sit in a slouched position with their head looking downward - regularly with reading, watching TV or even sleeping. The ill positioning creates a stress on the muscles and other structures in the neck which can lead to discomfort.
If this sounds like you, then try these simple tips to get yourself into a better position:
Adjust the height of your TV or the book/newspaper that you are reading so that it is eye-level (sit up with good posture first, then adjust the height).
Position your TV or computer screen, so it is directly in front of you and not off to one side. This way you're not constantly turned one way and causing stress on one side of your neck.
Place a small pillow or towel in the small of your back. By placing your back into a better position, your neck will follow suit, and you will not slouch as much.
There you have it, one key reason your neck discomfort might stay around longer than expected and a few simple ways to help with eliminating your neck pain without requiring the need for pills.
Physical therapy is an effective alternative in addressing neck issues and addressing areas that may be contributing to the problem as it relates to limiting restful sleep and other daily activities. If you or your loved one is suffering from neck pain it is highly recommended to consult a medical professional to discuss the problem.
Physical therapy will be an excellent solution for your current situation. If you live in the Greater Milwaukee area and would like to learn more about how physical therapy or a trained physical therapist can help you, please reach out to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like to arrange a FREE phone call with a physical therapist CLICK HERE.
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