Reduce Head, Neck and Back pain by Improving Posture

Young man with a pain in the neck
Hundreds upon thousands of people suffer from regular pain associated with the head, the neck or the back on a daily basis – and while there may be a number of reasons for such aggravation that may vary from person to person, a major cause of this type of pain can be sourced back to the way that they are sitting.  Believe it or not, while sitting may well be the easiest thing any of us do today, the way in which we do so can have a huge impact on how we feel later on in the day, the week, and even in longer term.  It’s all down to posture.

Poor posture affects many people, however, those with neck pain, back pain or headaches are most likely to have earned them by sitting at a desk or at a computer in a position that their body is not used to being put into – and, over time, slouching can strain the body to the point where pain can be a regular occurrence.  However, this does not mean that such pain or habits can be eradicated altogether, as there are a number of great ways to get you thinking more about your posture and how you can mould your body back into a safe and healthy seated position, ready for work and leisure.

Ways that you can improve posture

While working at a computer or desk, you should ideally be making sure that your chair supports your muscles rather than your back doing all of the hard work is essential – there are a number of supports and chairs which actively help back pain and strains, however, providing you sit as far back in your chair as you can while still being able to perform your work, you’ll reduce the risk of pain and strain dramatically.  Further to this, make sure that your feet are firmly on the floor – this way, you’re not dangling and making sure that your body is firmly and securely rooted as much as possible.  Adjusting all of the above could make a serious difference to any neck, head or back pain you have been experiencing – and ahead of consulting any chiropractic care.

Make sure that your set up is correct

It’s important to ensure that the equipment or furniture that’s in use is also supporting you as best as it possibly can to provide a healthy posture.  Make sure, if you’re using a computer, that your monitor is an absolute maximum of 60cm away from your eyes (with a minimum suggestion of around 40cm), and that your eyes are in line with the top of your monitor’s screen.  This will make a huge difference in particular to neck pain and eye strain.  In addition to this, make sure that any desk you are using is at a height that allows you to bend and move your arms comfortably, and that you are relaxed in using the keyboard at all times.  This way, you can prevent back pain by slouching less.

Be sure to take some breaks

No matter where you work or how you may sit, it is always essential to break regularly.  Moving and stimulating your joints and muscles at least briefly every 30 minutes will be far healthier than keeping perfectly posed for hours at a time – why not take a brief walk if you can, or get up and do some simple stretches?  Your body will thank you, and not just in the short term!  However, if you do notice head, neck or back pain regularly, you may benefit from close chiropractic care.

 

If you’re suffering from back pain, neck pain or headaches and feel that it may be the result of posture problems or the way in which you conduct yourself or your work, Didcot Chiropractic Clinic will be happy to hear from you.  To organise a consultation at your convenience, simply contact us on 01235 510097 and we will book you in for a visit as soon as we can.

What is Chronic Neck Pain?

Everyone at some time in their lives will experience some form of neck pain – however, there are different types of neck injury and pain that affect people.  Acute pain, for example, describes a scenario where pain is occurring as a result of an underlying problem or cause within the body.  Chronic pain, however, often occurs if such underlying causes go untreated or unnoticed, and, as a result, does not show any biological purpose.
Portrait of tired tailor woman with neck pain

The neck is a highly sensitive part of the spinal column and, as a result, is made up of a number of vertebrae and ligaments that hold up and allow the head to manoeuvre around.  As the neck often has a great weight to bear and is in need of much flexibility, it is not uncommon for strains, pains and even chronic neck pain to occur.  While some forms of chronic pain can appear after surgery or after symptoms of an illness have subsided, it can also manifest itself due to a number of different factors.  Causes of pain, much like anywhere else in the body, can be numerous and varied.

How is Neck Pain triggered?

Neck pain can commonly be triggered by lifting heavy equipment incorrectly, muscle or soft tissue sprain, or from motoring accidents that could cause whiplash.  While these are more severe opportunities for chronic neck pain to develop, a pain in the neck can also stem from awkward sleeping positions and posturing.  While more serious issues such as herniated spinal discs or nerve damage can be prime causes of pain, it is also important to understand that looking after your neck and your posture can be just as good a prevention as it can be a cure.

If you struggle regularly with neck pain and are unsure of steps to take to alleviate your condition, you may consider chiropractic care.  Here at the Orchard Chiropractic, our team will assess your history of pain in close, confidential detail, examining previous hospital visits, x-rays, regular routines, habits or work conditions that may be pointing towards the causes of pain.  Once we are satisfied with our analysis of the root of the problem, we will then discuss the options available to you to help rehabilitate your neck to full health.

Contact us for Beneficial treatment!

Didcot Chiropractic do not simply analyse and diagnose – we seek to rehabilitate and provide advice on how you can avoid pain symptoms and further aggravations in future, all in all making your visit to us both effective in relieving your neck pain and eradicating any chance of the condition reoccurring in the future.  If you have any concerns regarding pain that you are currently experiencing, have a long history of neck problems or would like to know more about both the cures and preventative measures available, you can call us today on 01235 510097 – and we will be happy to discuss the relief and rehabilitation that both you and your neck are searching for.  Why not call us and let us see what we can do to make work and leisure less painful for you?


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"After my first session the pain I was going through dramatically subsided. I would highly recommend the Didcot Chiropractic Clinic"

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