Neck pain is pain that occurs in the area of the cervical vertebrae in the neck. Because of its location and range of motion, the neck is often left unprotected and subject to injury.
Meanwhile, pain in the back or neck area can be acute, which comes on suddenly and intensely or chronic, which can last for weeks, months or even years. The pain can be continuous or intermittent.
A neck pain and pain in the back is often a result of an injury, a degenerated vertebrae, strained muscles, hernia disc, or stenosis of the spine. Also, it can be caused by age, poor body posture, heavy loads, or folded back, as well as exercise, insomnia, and reading in bed.
The following tips can be of great help to treat the pain in the back:
-Try exercises and stretches to treat back pain, and avoid sitting for hours. Instead, stand up and move around occasionally.
-Pain may sometimes be caused by deformed and overused mattresses, so you should change yours if it is older than 5 years
-You should never sleep on the belly as this worsens the pain
-You should often go walking or running, and try hiking as well
-You should not lift or carry heavy loads, as this may cause an injury, or damage the joints of the spine.
-If you have small children, you should take the child in the arms, crouch and slowly lift it with the thigh muscles, not the back.
-In all activities, especially when carrying bags, babies, or brushing the teeth, bend the knees.
The pain in the shoulders may be caused by:
-Fracture of the bone on the hand
Meanwhile, thepain in the neck can also be acute, and last less than 4 months, or chronic, and last longer. It can be caused by:
-Damaged or stretched neck structures (tendon, ligament, muscle)
-Bad posture for walking or sitting,
-bad sleeping position
The following tips can help you relieve neck pain:
–Reduce stress, as it causes various health issues, and try to relax, meditation, yoga, or everything that calms you.
–Try massages, as they relax the muscles
–Apply cold and hot compress on the aching areas on every few hours.–Exercise regularly, and move the neck muscles in order to relax them.
–You should change the position in which you sleep or the pillow. Feather pillows are soft for the head and neck. Also, memory foam pillows adapt on the neck and the head.
Avoid hard or high pillows as they cause stiffness of the neck. If you sleep on one side, you should not curve the spine. Use a travel pillow when travelling, as well as proper joint support.