Are you suffering from pain and tightness in your neck? Then this is for you.

In this video, I discuss 3 common causes of neck pain and how to prevent them:

  1. The Musculoskeletal System
  2. The Nervous System
  3. Psycho-emotional Self

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Prevention and Holistic Management Strategies:

Proper posture

Standing, sitting, and sleeping, in a way that works for your body. Adopting good posture habits can greatly reduce your risk of neck pain. Keep your head aligned with your spine. Your shoulders relaxed, and your neck relaxed. Keep your shoulders down and back, so that your shoulders aren’t rolling forward. This otherwise may cause strain in your chest muscles, which can pull on your neck. So that’s a musculoskeletal aspect of your neck pain. 

Having your body in the correct position can also support it. Have your neck and spine in a neutral position. Place your computer and desk at a good height; and chair so your feet are firmly planted flat on the ground. This can be important in supporting your neck. So we can alleviate pain in the first place, and reduce pain if you already have it. [You] may also want to invest in a comfortable chair, pillow, and comfortable mattress. These are important implements in supporting your body for a good night’s sleep and a good, focused day’s work.

Frequent breaks

Take frequent breaks. This can impact you at a neural level, so nervous system involvement. When you’re in a difficult position at work, because you’re focused on reading on or off the computer, this can exacerbate neck strain and pain. So, we want to help you minimise nerve irritation, to settle your nervous system. Which can help manage your stress, and also your psycho-emotional self.

Take regular breaks, like getting yourself a glass of water, a cup of coffee, going to the bathroom, or do some exercises at your desk. If you can leave your desk, go for a walk around the room, or around the block. Simple exercise can be fundamental in supporting your musculoskeletal, nervous and psycho-emotional systems. Getting away from the desk and the computer can be impactful to help all three systems. To return to your centre, and be better regulated from there.

Exercise and stretching to strengthen your neck muscles can be really important to alleviate tension, and increase your muscle stability. This can help reduce the risk of injuries from small traumas. It can also help you maintain your flexibility, and this can help prevent imbalances and muscle strains in your neck and shoulders. So classes like yoga and Pilates can be beneficial. Especially with experienced instructors, who help reduce and prevent any neck pain. And prevent it in the future by strengthening your neck muscles, one step at a time.

 

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Mindful moments

Practising mindfulness, and self-care techniques, can reduce stress, helping promote [your] emotional well-being. This can mitigate the psycho-emotional factors that can exacerbate your neck pain. Anxiety, stress, and emotional strain can lead to muscle tension, and this can contribute to your physical neck pain. So engaging in activities like:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Tai Chi

can be beneficial in helping you return to that connection between your mind and your body. Building that awareness, and that can promote flexibility and relaxation.

Professional guidance

Where necessary, seek professional advice from health practitioners. This could include physical therapists like:

They can all be really impactful in taking care of many of those aspects. In particular, the nervous system, and the musculoskeletal system. Also, Psychologists can help with the psycho-emotional aspect of your neck pain. Where that is coming from, and how to help support it.

There is a lot of overlap with these professions, to support your neck, prevent pain, and reduce any pain before it [gets] exacerbated and becomes chronic.

Conclusion

So in conclusion, neck pain can result from small traumas. We can use this as a reminder of the intricate nature and connectedness of our body’s delicate machinery. Those three systems, the musculoskeletal, the nervous, and the psycho-emotional. How they’re all related and can become potential triggers of neck pain. By proactively looking after your body, and these systems in particular, you can maintain awareness of your body. 

Remember to take regular breaks. Engage in gentle stretching. and strengthening exercises. And practise mindful activities. By proactively supporting these three areas of your body, you can help alleviate existing neck pain, and prevent it from getting worse.  Possibly even prevent it from coming in the first place.

So thanks for joining me today, and we wish you good health and vibrant energy. And we look forward to seeing you next time, here at the Blossomingme channel.

Thank you. 

Namaste

Sarah xx

 

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

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