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By Dr. Jon Thomas D.C PSc.D, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician.
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Lots of people suffer from
neck pain. It can be caused by injuries and sprains of the muscles, tendons,
and ligaments around the neck. The neck is also known as the cervical spine. In
my previous post, I mentioned some of the things people can do to reduce or
eliminate neck pain. Here are several more.
Be Mindful of Weight Slung
Around the Neck
When you carry something
with a strap around your neck, it may not seem like the kind of activity that
will do any damage. However, there can be a cumulative price to pay if you’re
not careful. People who frequently carry a heavy purse, book bag, or piece of
luggage with a strap around their necks sometimes have neck problems.
Photographers who carry lots of equipment in their camera bags sometimes
develop arthritis in the neck as the result of the weight they carry.
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If you have to carry heavy
things with a strap around your neck, be mindful that if the strap goes around
the same side of your neck every time, the natural result will be more wear and
tear on that side of your neck. It will be much better for you if you switch
sides so that the burden is spread out evenly over time.
If you have to carry a
heavy load frequently, a high quality backpack that will distribute the weight
evenly could be a very good investment. Backpacks are now available with
inflatable air bladders for extra lumbar support. This can help to distribute
weight more evenly as well.
The position you sleep in
can have a major impact on the health of your back and neck. Many in the
medical community believe that the best position for sleep is on your back.
This allows your neck and back to rest comfortably in a neutral position.
If you prefer sleeping on
your side, a pillow that is at least four to six inches thick is recommended.
This will prevent your head and neck from turning in an unnatural way. It will
also allow your muscles to rest without strain.
Sleeping on the stomach is
generally not recommended.
Get the Right Pillow
According to research
listed in an article titled Consequences of Sleeping the Wrong Way in Everyday Health,
“Finding the right pillow can improve the quality of your sleep and prevent or
reduce neck pain. If you sleep on your side, pick a pillow that just fills the
space between your ear and your mattress without tilting your head. If you
sleep on your back, your pillow should keep your head from tilting backward or
Considering that most people
spend about a third of their life in bed, it’s a good idea to invest in a high
quality pillow that will help provide a good night’s sleep. Years ago, there
were only two options for pillows: feather pillows or foam pillows. Today,
there are many other options. Memory foam pillows are now on the market as well
as water-filled pillows which can be adjusted.
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Cervical pillows are
roll-shaped pillows designed to relieve neck stress and neck pain by
maintaining the natural shape of your head and neck throughout your sleep
cycle. Cervical pillows provide extra support under the neck and
the head. This helps to keep the neck in alignment with the spine. Whereas
traditional pillows are flat, cervical pillows are shaped with deeper
depressions to cradle the head.
Use a Telephone Headset
Before the turn of the
millennium, most telephones were attached to cords. In office settings, people
frequently twisted their necks in an unnatural way to cradle their handsets
between their ears and shoulders. There were even braces that could be attached
to handsets to make it a bit more comfortable. For most people, those days of
discomfort are gone, thank goodness. Now we have wireless office phones,
speakerphones and/or cell phones.
If your work requires you
to spend lots of time on the phone, consider getting a telephone headset. A
hands-free headset doesn’t require a person to get into position to make a
telephone call. It allows the user to move about freely and to stay in the most
comfortable position possible. There are lots of different styles of headsets
to choose from. The more lightweight the headset is, the less strain it will
put on a user’s neck muscles. The weight of a headset may not seem like
enough to ever cause a problem. However, even a little weight day after day for
a long time can take a toll.
Periodic Adjustments by an
It’s very important to do
whatever you can to keep your back and neck healthy. Problems with the back or
the neck can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life. A neck
adjustment by a chiropractor can be one of the keys to reducing or eliminating
neck pain. At Vibrant Life Health Center we apply specific scientific spinal
adjustments to alleviate and eliminate pain in the neck.
We also treat related soft
tissue abnormalities and resolve any underlying problems so the patient
experiences relief as expeditiously as possible. We have the technology and the
skill to identify the root causes of many health problems. Our time-tested
techniques effectively address a multitude of problems in the body. To help our
patients get well and achieve their health goals, we provide them with
In this article, I have
discussed how to reduce or eliminate neck pain. I’ve suggested that people
should be careful when it comes to carrying things around their necks. I’ve
also discussed sleep positions, pillows, and telephone headsets for people who
work on the phone a lot. Finally, I’ve noted that a neck adjustment by a
chiropractor can be very helpful.
If you know of someone who
might benefit from the information in this blog, please pass it along to him or
her. If you have a comment about this article, please leave it in the comments
At Vibrant Life, we
address all of the key elements to add vibrance and vitality to your life. This
includes nutrition, chiropractic care, and fitness. If you need to consult with
a chiropractor about your neck, back, or any other health concern, please
contact our office to set up an appointment.
Dr. Jon Thomas is a Board
Certified Chiropractic Physician. His practice, The Vibrant Life Health Center,
is located in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville. His interest in health and
fitness started early, and his athletic pursuits have included BMX
racing, Professional Snow Skiing, Water Skiing, Baseball, Weight Lifting, and
Martial Arts. After studying and learning from some of the top health experts
throughout the world, Dr. Thomas dedicated his life to helping people of all
ages to transform their lives. The objective for each patient is to initiate
the body’s healing and to work progressively toward a body that functions
optimally. Dr. Thomas is seen regularly on TV on First Coast Living,
where he discusses the transformations of his patients. He also speaks at
events throughout the community and writes informative articles to improve the
health of residents throughout Jacksonville.