It’s amazing how often we expose our body to trauma without even realizing it.
Some of the most common, everyday actions can wreck havoc on the joints and ligaments that surround our neck.
Understanding particular habits that can lead to chronic neck pain or other harmful conditions is necessary for developing a sound strategy that allows you to substitute such behaviors with healthier choices.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
If you suffer from neck pain, consider the following recommendations offered by the Chiropractors at AICA Tucker:
Most people living in the United States understand the adverse side effects associated with smoking cigarettes.
What you may not know is that smoking can lead to degenerative disc disease that develops within your cervical spine or neck.
Studies show that nicotine causes blood vessels that surround the spinal disc to constrict, which prevents them from receiving nutrients. Nicotine is also responsible for diminishing the development of new disc cells.
Although quitting is not easy, you should ask our Chiropractors for support if you are a habitual smoker.
Keeping Your Head Tilted Downward
Whether you’re looking down at your cell phone or tilting your head to view your workstation, positioning your head downward places a significant amount of pressure on your neck.
Although these actions may seem insignificant, the stress that your neck is exposed to adds up over time.
Continuously tilting your neck forward can lead to a variety of health concerns including constant soreness, chronic neck pain, muscle spasms, arthritis, and premature degeneration.
You can avoid developing any of these conditions by:
- Holding your cell phone in front of your face
- Taking a 10-minute break for every hour that you using your cell phone or computer
- Using ergonomic equipment at work
Falling Asleep On Your Stomach
How you sleep at night can have a significant influence on the health of your neck.
People who sleep on their stomach place a tremendous amount of stress on their neck because this particular position forces you to turn your head awkwardly from side to side.
Instead, it is better to sleep on your side or back.
If you insist on sleeping on your stomach, try to use a flat pillow to help you remain fixed in a better position.
Learn More Great Tips From The Chiropractors at AICA Tucker
You can learn more about preserving your neck’s health by scheduling a consultation with one of the Chiropractors at AICA Tucker.
We are available 24/7 and can be contacted throughout online submission form or by calling us at 404-592-1186.