Six Common Habits That Lead to Neck Pain | South Bay Pain Doctors

Six Common Habits That Lead to Neck Pain

We’ve all experienced it; whether it’s being abruptly woken up with a sharp pain or being hit with a headache on the way home from work, pain and aching in the neck is one of the most common complaints we get here at South Bay Pain Doctors. While neck pain is common and affects up […]

We’ve all experienced it; whether it’s being abruptly woken up with a sharp pain or being hit with a headache on the way home from work, pain and aching in the neck is one of the most common complaints we get here at South Bay Pain Doctors. While neck pain is common and affects up to 67% of the population at some point, it is not random and usually is a symptom from common lifestyle habits.

Here are six of the most common habits in your daily life that could actually be causing you pain in your neck:

  1. Not taking enough breaks: If you are working for long hours or traveling you should remember to get up and stretch out your neck and shoulders in order to release tension.

  2. Slouching: Leaning forward to work on your computer or slumping over a book can throw off your alignment and considerably strain your neck and shoulder muscles. For proper posture your head, neck, spinal column, and pelvis should be lined up vertically.

  3. Constantly looking down at your phone: Whenever you look down at your phone to send a text message or read an article, you are putting strain on your neck muscles. Cutting back on screen time and holding your phone at eye level are effective and easy solutions to this habit.

  4. Carrying a heavy purse on your shoulders: A heavy bag strains one shoulder and can pull your neck to one side. To alleviate this pain try crossing your purse strap across your body or carrying a backpack to distribute weight more evenly.

  5. Sleeping on your stomach or back: Sleeping on your stomach or back with your head rotated to one side puts unnecessary tension on your neck and shoulders. Instead, sleep on your side with a supportive pillow.

  6. Smoking: Smoking dehydrates the disks in your back and neck and accelerates the degenerative process. This can lead to slipped disks and pressure that can eventually mess with the functioning of your spine. Smoking can also cause blood vessels to harden and constrict, so less oxygen gets to the spine and disks.

Eliminating these habits, or at least cutting down on them, can help alleviate and prevent future neck stiffness and pain.