You know the feeling—that sudden, sharp pain when you move your head, those tight, tense neck muscles that feel like they’ll never be pliant again.
It’s all too easy in today’s world to develop an aching neck. Most of us spend far too much time in front of computer screens, often hunched over in ways that stress our neck muscles.
Here are some suggestions that can help your keep your neck flexible and comfortable:
Maintain good posture: Imagine you’re being held up by a string going from the top of your head, just like a marionette. This will automatically help to position your head in the center of your neck rather than in front of it.
Move around: Don’t keep everything within easy reach. Putting items in different areas means you’ll have to get up to get them, which will give you a chance to stretch.
Sit right: Adjust your desk chair so you can sit comfortably with your hips slightly higher than your knees, which will help your head and neck to stay balanced.
Support your Neck: When traveling in a car or airplane, place a small pillow or rolled up towel between your neck and the headrest for additional support.
Lose the pillows: Don’t sleep with a bunch of pillow. One’s enough, but make sure that one allows you to assume a position that’s good for your neck.
Practice good phone posture: Never cradle the phone between head and shoulder. If you’re on the phone often, use a headset or speakerphone.
Keep things level: Raise pages to eye level when reading or typing from other materials.
Keep eyeglass prescription current: If you wear corrective lenses, you’re your prescription current to avoid craning your neck in order to see clearly.