Let me tell you about one of the most common things that people aged 50+ who come to see me experience:
The sudden onset of shoulder and neck tension.
It often sneaks up on people without any warning.
And usually offers no explanation as to why you might wake up with an annoying, nagging pain in the neck one day, that can even begin to make it difficult to enjoy daily life.
Neck pain can often be caused by a number of things…
Spending all day long at a desk looking at a computer screen, sleeping with too many pillows, (when we should ideally have one), ironing, watching TV and even reading a book before you go to bed.
Now, you might think the things I’ve just mentioned are simple, and that they wouldn’t cause neck and shoulder pain at all…
But the thing is, just as with anything, if something is done repetitively no matter how small or trivial, eventually it will have an impact on your body, and will surface a few years later down the line in form of pain, stiffness and tension.
So, with that said, let’s take a look at watching TV…
Let’s face it watching TV is something that most people do, and of course there’s nothing wrong with it! I enjoy winding down with a good programme before I call it a night.
And I love to spend Saturday mornings watching a few shows with my little boy Harry, but think about the position of your neck whilst you’re watching your favourite programme -it’s likely to be leaning forward, or positioned at an unusual angle depending on how you’re sitting.
Now, what most people don’t realise is, that the head is designed to be kept in a position where your ears are in line with your shoulders, and most of the time when we’re doing certain activities, your ears are no longer in line.
And that’s ok! Especially if you’re only doing it occasionally. But if you’re doing this everyday, then you’re going to experience unwanted problems, like tension as time goes on.
So what can you do to fix a stiff neck before the tension gets any worse?…
Well to start with, when watching TV be aware of your neck posture. If you notice your neck is leaning forward at all, tuck your chin in down toward your neck and chest. This will help to straighten the neck.
Another thing you can do as soon as you wake up is to take a hot bath or shower and have a gentle stretch. Muscles love to be warm, and they don’t like being kept stationary.
With that said, you could also consider taking up activities like yoga and pilates, which are great for your posture and can even reduce the risk of neck pain due to the amazing AND relaxing strengthening exercises.
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