What about when we are not in bed? We use our neck all day, and it can become fatigued. If we take care in how we perform our daily duties, we can often side step future problems. Let's look a at few scenarios.
Office workers today use a lot of computers. Computers have made generating reports, completing sales, and accounting much easier than in the past. Early in the computer age, computers were brought in to the office and set on desks, sometimes that is still the case. We need to look at the ergonomics of computers. Today's screens tend to be flat panel, so they are easy to move. Pay attention to the location of the screen, it should be at eye level as you are sitting in a good posture position in the chair. If you have to lift your head up or down to view the monitor, it is not aligned properly. That alignment is critical, because of the amount of use it gets. If you find yourself massaging your neck during the day, consider moving the monitor. Maybe use those useless phonebooks to raise it off the desk surface, or if the stand adjusts change that adjustment.
Construction workers often find themselves in peculiar positions. If you have to look up or down too long at your work, this too can create stress on your neck joints and muscles. There is no way to avoid all positions, but if you can adjust a work table or ladder to bring your work in to a more eye level position, it would help take the stress off. Any breaks you get be sure to try to maintain your neck in a good posture to relax those muscles and joints.
So we get home at night, we do our chores, then we relax before bed. Many of us will surf the net, or read, or watch TV to relax in these situations. Do it with your neck in mind. Make sure any screens are eye level, avoid long periods of time when you have to lift up or bend down your head. Adjust the height of the screen to encourage a good posture. At home, we can also use a pillow or comfy chair to support our head and neck in a good posture way, relaxing the joints and muscles.
While some neck issues are medical in nature, many of our "pains" are just the way we live our lives. And even those medical issues might be helped by attempting good posture. And while some pain is part of the human condition, we can strive to minimize the every day pains due to living. We hope that this gets you thinking some, and that it might help you to be more pain free in your life. If you have any tricks, why not leave a comment below. Until next time....