Our bodies are built to move. They crave movement to help promote blood flow, limit muscle stiffness, lubricate joints, and even help with digestion! The joints in our neck need movement to lubricate properly and deliver nutrients to the cartilage inside the joints. The muscles in our neck tighten up with prolonged sitting especially when our head is bent forward such as when reading, looking at cell phones, and doing puzzles.
Here are some tips to prevent neck pain while you are at home:
Set a timer to get up and walk around for at least 5 minutes of every hour. With this nicer weather, it’s a great time to get outside and go for 2-3 walks per day.
Tuck your nose down toward your armpit until you feel a gentle stretch in your neck. Hold this position for 10 seconds and then do the same for your other side. Do 2-3 times for each side of your neck. Aim for at least 3-4 times per day.
3. Look Forward
When watching T.V. position yourself so that you don’t have to turn or tilt your head to see the T.V. Prop your phone or tablet up so that you can look forward, instead of down at it. When talking to family or friends on the phone, use headphone or ear buds so you don’t have to hold the phone up to your ear for long periods.
If these tips don’t work for you or you have any questions, give us a call. We are available to take your call and help you avoid nagging neck pain. We care and want to help you any way we can during this difficult time.
~ Trevor, Physiotherapist