There are many reasons you could be experiencing neck pain. Poor posture can be a leading cause and is a growing concern among people from all walks of life, especially youth. Constantly being in a position with your head bent forward can not only lead to chronic or recurrent neck pain, but may also result in rigid joints, pain in the shoulder blades and upper back, and headaches. It is, therefore, advisable to take precautionary measures before an occasional sore neck turns into chronic neck pain. If you spend hours in front of a smartphone, personal computer or participating any other activity that causes you to have your neck flexed forward for extended periods of time, you should consider including neck exercises as a part of your daily routine. The physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line treat patients with various types of spinal injuries including people suffering from a sore or stiff neck.
Stiff muscles can contribute to neck pain. You can address the issue by performing some flexibility and stretching exercises. These exercises help expand the range of muscular movement in cervical joints and relieve stiffness. However, as different exercises are to be performed at different frequencies, you should consult a spine center or a neck problem specialist before getting started.
There are several strengthening exercises that can help you maintain proper posture, which in turn can reduce the chances of recurrent neck pain. Also, performing strengthening exercises every day can help repair overworked or damaged muscles. If you are unsure of what neck strengthening exercises you should be doing we suggest you consult a physician or a neck specialist first before starting a neck strengthening program.
Aerobics is a combination of rhythmic stretching and strength training, which in turn provides the body flexibility, improves muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness. Aerobics increases blood flow to the muscles and soft tissues of the neck and upper back, which in turn improves muscular movement. 30 minutes of aerobics daily releases endorphins that can help reduce the neck pain.
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The Bottom Line
Though neck strengthening and stretching exercises are helpful in preventing neck pain, it is advisable to consult a physician focused on treating neck injuries and illnesses before getting started. The physicians who participate in the Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center in Plano strive to get patients back to everyday life quickly, safely, and comfortably, through their highly responsive services. We help you find a knowledgeable and skilled physician suiting your needs in your local area. Should you wish to learn more about our services, feel free to call at (888) 608-4762 and schedule an appointment with one of our participating physicians.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.