6 Habits That Cause Neck Pain
Neck pain affects around 67% of the population. Are you among this large percentage?
Do you know what habits can cause neck pain? What can you do to keep that discomfort from continuing?
Neck pain is usually caused by activities that require repetitive motions or prolonged bad posture.
It can lead to added tension, ligament injuries or spasms in the neck muscles.
Most of the time, it’s your habits that are causing neck pain. Maybe you’ve never thought of them or you’re aware that you engage in activities that are harmful to your health – you just never associated them with your neck.
Today we’ll tell you what they are. Pay attention and change whatever you need to in order to have a more comfortable and enjoyable life.
A sedentary lifestyle
Lack of physical activity is detrimental to your entire body.
Physical inactivity is one of the habits that will damage your neck because it interferes with the metabolism of the intervertebral disc, which requires motion to maintain the vital balance of cells.
Because the structure of your spine allows you to move with ease, when you don’t it results in injury. The result is pain along the spine that will be particularly troublesome in the neck.
The way to avoid this is by moving. Any physical activity will do:
- Practicing yoga
Just remember not to push yourself too hard at the beginning. If you’re not exercising and suddenly start a super intense routine, it could not only injure your neck but also your knees and spine.
See also: How to correct your posture
You have bad posture
Neck pain torments many people and your computer just might be part of the problem. Often, desk chairs don’t support the natural curvature of your spine.
Due to insufficient lower back support and a lack of support for your arms, people who work at their computers are often forced to bend forward and lean over their desk.
This habit is damaging to the neck because it creates a curvature in the shape of a “C” in your spine. The result is added pressure on your neck and lumbosacral disc.
Ideally, you would have a workspace that is ergonomically adapted to your posture and won’t adversely affect your health. You could also try setting an alarm for every 30 to 40 minutes, to remind you to change your position.
This will facilitate:
- Blood flow
- Improved circulation
- Give your spine a chance to rest
Your posture is affected by other factors, too. Things like wearing inappropriate footwear and carrying heavy bags or items can also contribute to poor posture.
Remember that you should never carry more than 10% of your body weight. Although sometimes that’s difficult, try to keep this in mind – especially for children, who often carry very heavy backpacks to school.
The third habit that causes neck pain is one you might not expect. Lung cancer and diabetes are already linked to smoking. Now you can add something else to the list: chronic neck pain.
Smoking causes the discs of your back to become dehydrated, which accelerates the process of degeneration. This can lead to herniated discs or compression, which disrupts the proper function of your spine.
This bad habit also causes blockage of your blood vessels. It’s a problem because over time, less oxygen gets to your spinal column and the discs.
Are you addicted to your smartphone?
Texting doesn’t just put strain on your thumbs. Whenever you look down to use your phone you also put a lot of strain on your neck muscles.
Imagine a medicine ball supported on top of a golf tee. Your head weighs about 10 pounds, meaning that it takes a lot of effort to keep that medicine ball sitting on the tree.
Limiting your time in front of the screen and raising your phone so it’s at eye level are two options for resolving this problem.
You overdo it with alcohol
It’s no surprise that when you sleep in a strange position you have neck pain the following day. This can happen from time to time, and the hypothesis is that it’s more likely when you consume alcohol.
Here’s why: people tend to alter their position several times during the night, but when you’re intoxicated you tend to move less when you sleep.
This means that your body could be stuck in an awkward position that causes your neck to be tense for a long time. To prevent this, only drink the amount of alcohol that you can handle.
If at all possible, avoid consuming alcoholic beverages.
Visit this article: Effects of alcohol on the body
You have a bad mattress or pillows
Another factor that could be causing neck pain is sleeping with too many pillows or pillows that are too soft. This affects how your head is aligned with your back, causing strain on the neck.
A soft mattress is another mistake because it creates pressure points on your spine. A very hard one doesn’t help either because your spine has its own curves that the mattress needs to accommodate.
The best choice is a firm mattress with ergonomically designed pillows that are designed to keep your head aligned with the spine.
Avoid habits that are hurting your neck.
Have you already pinpointed your bad habits? It’s time to change them and finally give your neck a break.