I get it. Your kids and neighbors can get on your case and be a real pain in the neck.
Sometimes real neck pain can hit too. Maybe it even started hurting when you were handling the living, breathing neck pains.
Connecting your head and torso is a collection of vertebrae that make up your neck. When it hurts, it can limit mobility and lower your quality of life.
Any abnormalities in the bones, ligaments, and muscles in your neck can lead to pain or stiffness. For some, neck stiffness and pain can occur occasionally, while others may suffer more frequently.
Neck pain can come from overuse, like straining to see a computer screen and poor posture. It can also occur from an acute injury. In some cases, it’s related to more serious conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia.
It may even be a sign of a heart attack. However, other symptoms would be present if it was.
Your neck pain is likely related to muscle strain and tension. One thing that can help you avoid this is improving posture. Make sure your head is up and there is a straight line from your ears, down through your shoulders, hips, and knees to your ankles.
You can also try to remember to change positions when you’re looking at a screen or sitting for too long. Changing sleep position and being mindful of how you move your neck during exercise can also help.
If some neck pain does occur, a hot shower, heating pad, or cold pack might be all you need. Holding your phone to your ear, raising computer screens, focusing on posture, and investing in a high-quality pillow can also help.
There’s a good chance you’ll be able to handle the pain along your upper vertebrae rather easily. The kids and neighbors might be more of a challenge.