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."