5 How do you take care of your neck?
a) Maintain good posture by holding your head up and keeping your shoulders back and down.
b) Use the car or chair arm rests to keep the arms supported.
c) Avoid sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time. Take periodic five minute breaks from the desk.
d) Avoid looking up or down at a computer monitor; adjust it to eye level.
e) Avoid placing pressure over the upper back with backpacks, over-the-shoulder purses, or children riding on your shoulders.
f) Do not perform overhead work for prolonged periods at a time.
g) Sleep with your neck in a neutral position by sleeping with a small pillow under the nape of your neck (sleeping on your back) or sleeping with enough pillows to keep your neck straight in line with your body (sleeping on your side).
h) Carry heavy objects close to your body rather than with outstretched arms.
i) Relax yourself as stress, tension and worry can tighten muscles and cause more pain.
j) Stay at work or return to work as soon as possible even if the pain hasn’t completely gone.
k) Expect the neck pain to get better by staying positive!