One Simple Solution to Neck Pain: Good Posture

Posted by Admin on September 8, 2008
Treating and preventing chronic neck pain can often be successfully accomplished by something as simple as adopting correct posture while waking and sleeping. While the pain sufferer can treat the symptoms of frequent neck "cricks" with neck stretch exercises, painkillers or ice applications, the symptoms' root causes must be dealt with differently. These root causes often involve some kind of poor posture, says Dr. Brian Bruel, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation on the one hand, and anesthesiology and pain management on the other, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Posture violators might crouch over a desk all day long, slouch on a sofa while watching TV, or contort themselves while reading.

The ideal strategies to address neck pain from such sources as these is to: --stand, as the cliché goes, "ramrod straight," with ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in a straight line. --keep one's head balanced on top of one's neck. Because the head weighs five to 10 pounds, if it is held too far forward or back, the neck muscles can be strained.--sleep in such a way that the head is aligned with the neck.

"Use pillow rolls to get the neck in that plumb-line position," Bruel says. "Even if you sleep on your side, your neck should not be too far forward." -keep one's head straight and back supported while working at a computer for long periods. "Leaning forward shortens the neck muscles, so when you lie down at night, they're still tight," Bruel says. "We're not made to be all scrunched up all day or all night."

Featured Specialities:
Featured Doctors:

Valley Spinal Decompression Center

Dr. Bruce Shannahoff, D.C.

5363 Balboa Blvd. Suite 430
Encino, CA 91316
Call: 818-789-3244

MedWell Spine & Neuropathy Center

 MedWell, L.L.C.

33 Central Ave
Midland Park, NJ 07432
Call: 201-632-1900

Optimal Wellness Network

Dr. Hal Blatman

20 E.46th Street, 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10017
Call: 888-452-5572

Empire Physical Medicine & Pain Management

Dr. Steven S. Moalemi, M.D.

551 5th Avenue Ste. 525
New York, NY 10176
Call: 888-707-9348

 Associates in Family Chiropractic & Natural Health Care, P.C.

156 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
Call: 888-998-5579

Keller Chiropractic

Dr. Melinda Keller, D.C.

372 Kingston Ave.
Crown Heights, NY 11213
Call: 888-725-4210

Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Peter Ferraro, D.C.

230 Midland Ave
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Call: 888-989-0245