Back and neck pain can weigh you down at work, leave you sore in the evening, and make it hard to go to sleep at night.
Chiropractors know a thing or two about how to treat back and neck pain, and they can offer some helpful tips about what to do and what not to do to prevent or alleviate pain in the back and neck. So check out these tips from the masters of the trade, and put that back and neck pain in the rearview mirror.
Correct Sleeping Postures
Sleeping in the right positions can work wonders for back and neck pain. Chiropractors recommend never sleeping on your stomach. The preferable way to sleep, according to chiropractors, is on your back with a pillow under your head and neck area and another pillow under your knees. If you are the type of person who can’t sleep unless you are on your side, a pillow between the knees is recommended.
Safe Lifting Techniques
When lifting heavy objects, chiropractors suggest you bend at the knees, avoid twisting, keep your back straight, and lift with the muscles in your arms and legs, not the muscles in your back. Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart, bend at the knees, and lift as you straighten up. When engaging in repetitive lifting activities, make sure to take plenty of breaks so that you don’t fall into improper technique due to fatigue.
Proper Phone Use
In this day and age, everyone is looking at their phones, and usually practicing bad posture while doing so. As you text, search the web, watch videos, or scan social media sites, you are probably craning your neck down in a C-shape, your chin almost resting on your chest. Chiropractors recommend holding the phone out with your hands at nearly eye level, as craning your neck down toward a low screen for extended periods can be horrible for neck pain.