Common causes of neck pain

Whilst pain relief is important, finding the cause of the pain and reducing the risk of experiencing it again is just as vital.

causes of neck pain

Below are some of the most common causes of neck pain:

Sleep problems

In an ideal world, we should be spending a good third of our day sleeping. If we are not getting enough sleep, or even sleeping too much, our health can be affected.

In regards to neck pain, sleeping in an uncomfortable, awkward position can put stress on your neck muscles – you would be surprised at how many of the regular sleeping positions actually risk our necks:

  • Sleeping on your stomach with your arms stretched out in front of you.
  • Sleeping on your back, without a supportive pillow.
  • On the side, holding on to the side of your pillow tightly.

Poor posture

Slouching in your office chair? If you aren’t suffering with neck pain already, you will do in time. Leaning over your desk or sitting incorrectly in your chair has a direct link to neck and back ache – sit up and be sure to stretch every few hours.

Too much technology

Whilst we spend a third of the day asleep, studies suggest we spend up to 16 hours on technology. Typing, texting and tapping on our smartphones or tablets keep our heads facing downward, putting pressure on our necks. Try to take some time out from your devices and rest your neck.

Screen staring

Staring at your work computer for nine hours a day is not good for your health, or productivity levels. In regards to your neck pain, if your screen height is too high or too low, your neck will stretch to all sorts of angles so you can see clearly. Tip: adjust your screen height so it is level with your eye line.

Muddled movements

Twisting, turning and pulling your neck in all directions is an easy way to create pain. The neck muscles are strong, but quick, sharp movements can strain and tear them, be careful with your neck and make gentle movements.

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Written by Ellen Lees
Head of Content.
Written by Ellen Lees
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