These Bad Habits Are Making Your Neck Pain Worse

You could be making your neck pain worse without even realizing it. That’s because the small things you do in your daily life can have a big impact on neck pain. Even minor habits such as reading a book in bed or looking down at your phone as you scroll through social media can contribute to nagging neck pain.

If you have neck pain, you’re not alone. Neck pain is an incredibly common complaint, and along with low back pain, it’s the 4th leading cause of disability in the United States. If neck pain is interfering with your daily life, check your habits and visit a specialist for help.

Poor posture

A lack of good posture is a major contributor to neck pain. Compared to our ancestors, most people today have a relatively sedentary lifestyle. Whether it’s watching TV, working in front of your computer, or using your mobile device, it’s likely that you spend a portion of your day sitting.

Slouching or hunching throws your body out of alignment and sets the stage for neck pain. There’s even a term for it: “tech neck.” Leaning your head forward and down and rounding your shoulders puts your body in an unnatural position that it isn’t meant to hold for lengthy periods.

This puts pressure on surrounding muscles and throws your spine out of alignment. The cervical spine is the neck region of your vertebral column. It’s an incredibly flexible region of the spine that allows you to turn your head in many directions, which also makes it vulnerable to damage and pain.

Poor posture affects the neck area of the spine the most. You can fix this by keeping your head and spine straight. This relieves extra pressure and restores the natural alignment of your spine.

If you’re using a mobile device, raise the device to your eye level. When working at a computer, use a computer stand to lift the computer so that you can maintain good posture.

Sleeping on your stomach

The way you sleep can trigger or aggravate neck pain. Stomach sleeping is a bad habit when it comes to your neck. Doing so places added strain and pressure on your neck for hours as you sleep. When you position yourself on your stomach, your neck and head must turn to one side, putting your neck at an awkward angle and placing pressure on the muscles and bones in the neck.

Sleeping on your side or back are the best positions for your neck. These positions allow you to keep your spine straight, relieving unnecessary pressure on the neck.

Not getting enough exercise

Getting plenty of physical activity is a crucial component to overall health. Sitting too much and leading a sedentary lifestyle is bad news not only for your well-being but also your neck. Staying active keeps your body strong, reduces stress, and improves posture.

You don’t have to spend hours in the gym though. Simple physical activities such as walking 30 minutes a day improves spine health.

Waiting to see a medical professional

Many people put off getting their pain assessed until it becomes unbearable. Waiting too long to visit a doctor about neck pain can worsen the pain and make it more challenging to treat. 

Don’t wait until you’re miserable to seek help for neck pain. Our neurology specialist, Dr. Ravinder Singh, has extensive experience diagnosing and treating a broad range of conditions that cause neck and back pain. 

Many conditions result in neck pain, such as herniated discs that press against surrounding nerves or abnormal growths known as bone spurs. When you come in to see us, Dr. Singh conducts a thorough evaluation to get to the root of your neck pain.

Our team at Premier Neurology Group is committed to helping you feel better and function better. For diagnosis and treatment of neck pain and the latest advances in pain management, call our office in Beverly Hills, California, to schedule your appointment, or use our convenient online booking form.

You Might Also Enjoy...

When Are Headaches a Cause for Concern?

Most headaches cause minor, brief pain, but there are times when you should see a doctor, especially if you’re experiencing recurring headaches. A headache specialist can evaluate your headaches and recommend treatment.

Are You at Risk for Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy can have a major impact on your daily life. But with appropriate treatment from our experts, you can manage your condition and lead a good quality of life.

How Your Diet Can Help Improve Epilepsy Symptoms

Dietary therapies for seizure control have a well-documented history of success. Today, adults and children with epilepsy can benefit from four primary dietary approaches to control seizures and improve quality of life.