PERK UP YOUR POSTURE
A study from Finland, published earlier this year, focused on the body postures of 3,185 girls and 2,808 boys as they related to neck pain. All of the youngsters were between the ages of 15 and 16. The researchers discovered that prolonged sitting was associated with a high prevalence of neck, occipital and shoulder pain in girls. The same conditions sparked neck or occipital pain in boys. (The occipital bone is a curved structure that forms the lower portion of the back of the skull.)
Surprisingly, it wasn’t only sitting — but also what the adolescents were doing while they sat — that initiated pain. Watching television and reading books generated the most pain in girls, whereas playing or working with a computer was associated with an increase in neck or occipital pain in boys (Spine 2007;32:1038-44). A plethora of scientific studies also link poor posture with neck pain in adults.
Stress raises blood pressure, sparks headaches and increases the risk of developing a host of diseases. It’s also a leading cause of neck pain. While preventing stress is key, how you deal with it when it occurs also plays a significant role. Researchers find that “coping strategies involving self-assurance resulted in better disability outcomes, whereas getting angry or frustrated resulted in worse pain and disability outcomes.” (Disabil Rehabil 2006;28:1319-29.) But here’s something that may sur¬prise you: Scholars also discovered that participants with high levels of social support were more likely to experience clinically meaningful reductions in pain and disability. Need to incorporate a stress reduction strategy into your daily routine? Ask the doctor for specific recommendations that will fit your lifestyle.
WORK ON THE WORK WOES
A wealth of research indicates that individuals who are unhappy with their work environment, especially those who feel that they have a lack of control over their work lives, are at a heightened risk of neck pain. If your work is emotionally disabling, consider making productive changes — before it becomes physically disabling. Purchase a New Pillow There are a number of pillows specifically designed to reduce neck pain.
The key is to fmd one that keeps your neck in perfect alignment with your spine. And less is definitely more when it comes to the number of pillows you sleep with. Using an overstuffed pillow, or piling up more than one pillow, causes undue neck strain.
If you aren’t sure if you need a new pillow, bring your current one to your next chiropractic visit. The doctor will be happy to advise you.
THE CHIROPRACTIC SOLUTION TO NECK PAIN
Life can sometimes be a pain in the neck! But it doesn’t have to be. Chiropractic’s all-natural prevention strategy can help keep you and your family pain free. Don’t let the agony escalate: Schedule an appointment today. And don’t forget to do the same for the youngest — and oldest — members of your family.