19 May 3 Daily Activities that can Hurt your Cervical Spine
Neck pain is one of the most common forms of pain in the country. Believe it or not, there are many seemingly harmless activities we engage in on a daily basis that have a negative impact on our cervical spines. In this article, we are going to discuss a few common daily activities that can hurt your cervical spine.
You may have recently seen or read about the so called “text neck” epidemic that’s sweeping across the nation. Many of these reports are exaggerated but there is some truth to them. Text neck refers to neck pain caused by craning the neck to use your phone. Over time, craning your neck to text can build up and lead to increased pain in the cervical spine. To combat this pain, bring your phone up to eye level as much as possible when texting. This will put less strain on your neck.
We’ve talked about spine pain and sleeping in previous articles, but it bears repeating. Sleeping on a pillow that is too high or too low can lead to significant neck pain upon waking. Make sure you have a pillow with enough support that your head isn’t flat against the bed, but not too much support that your neck is cocked at too extreme of an angle.
Looking at Screens
In this day and age, we are looking at screens (computer monitors, TVs, etc.) for hours on end. When using a computer or watching television, it’s very easy to slouch in your chair into a position that initially feels comfortable, but ultimately leads to neck pain. Try to maintain good posture while watching screens to prevent this.
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