i am a 28 years old man , everyday in office i suffer neck pain and that starts when i wake up . i am not sure if the pillow is the problem because i have been using the pillow for 4 months already . furthermore recently i carry my daughter alot using the baby carrier . i am not sure if that is the reason . please advice .
I am reluctant to recommend unnecessary medical tests, but you could benefit from an MRI of the cervical area. There are two basic directions to go in. If there is excessive deterioration (unlikely but possible) as determined by the MRI exercise is probably not the best way to go. On the other hand, if there is not deterioration than the drill is range of motion exercises through the limits of pain (rotating your head around), isometric exercises to increase muscle tone (hand firmly against forehead, push hard, repeat around the head every twenty degrees twice a day", and exercises to strengthen muscles that separate the vertabrae (sit-ups, for example). Meanwhile a mild anti-inflammatory for a short period and an axial traction unit for a few weeks. Throw away the back and mildly (n ot completely) suspend yourself six to eight minutes several times a day.
Neck pain or a stiff neck
The pain and stiffness usually gets better after a few days or weeks, and is rarely a sign of a more serious problem.
You can get a painful or stiff neck if you sleep in an awkward position, use a computer for a prolonged period of time, or strain a muscle because of bad posture.
Anxiety and stress can also sometimes cause tension in your neck muscles, which can lead to pain in your neck.
You can normally manage your symptoms at home by following the advice below.
Managing neck pain at home
For most of the types of neck pain described above, the advice is generally the same: carry on with your normal daily activities, keep active, and take painkillers to relieve the symptoms. You can also take these steps to manage your pain:
• take regular doses of paracetamol, ibuprofen, or a combination of the two, to control pain – ibuprofen gel can be rubbed on to your neck as an alternative to taking tablets (always follow the instructions that come with the medication)
• try holding a hot water bottle or heat pack to your neck – this can help reduce the pain and any muscle spasms, although some people find cold packs offer better relief
• sleep on a low, firm pillow at night – using too many pillows may force your neck to bend unnaturally
• check your posture – bad posture can aggravate the pain, and it may have caused it in the first place
• avoid wearing a neck collar – there is no evidence to suggest wearing a neck collar will help to heal your neck, and it's generally better to keep your neck mobile
• avoid driving if you find it difficult to turn your head – this may prevent you being able to view traffic
• if your neck is stiff or twisted, try some neck exercises – gently tense your neck muscles as you tilt your head up and down and from side to side, and as you carefully twist your neck from left to right; these exercises will help strengthen your neck muscles and improve your range of movement
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