The truth is, at a certain time, we all experience neck pain, whether mild or severe, acute or chronic. When the neck is stiff, the pain and discomfort can spread to the upper back, arms, shoulders, and may lead to headaches as well.
In a lot of cases, a stiff neck will result in limited neck movement, usually; the individual cannot move the neck at one side. It is important to note than neck pain includes any ache felt anywhere from the skull’s base to the shoulders.
What Does the Neck Include?
The joints and bones of the cervical spine
The discs separating the cervical vertebrae and absorption of shock as we move
The ligaments and muscles in the neck holding the cervical spine together
The most common reason for neck pain is when these areas are injured; however, there can be many other causes. That is, a spasm in the muscles of the neck or a strain, as well as joint inflammation. With this in mind, we made a list with the most common activities that can lead to stiff neck and neck ache.
What Causes Neck Pain
Strenuous work or exercise with the upper body and the arms
Tension that can tighten the muscles and cause pain
Sleeping on a high or flat pillow which offers no support for the head
Sleeping on the stomach with the neck bent
Sitting a lot in the ‘thinker’s pose’- resting your forehead on the fist or arm
Holding the hands in weird positions while watching TV, working, or reading
Neck pain can also result from some more serious health problems if it happens along with symptoms like sudden loss of weight, difficulty walking, high temperature, lack of coordination, loss of bowel or bladder control, etc. Make sure you consult your physician if this is the case.
How to Prevent Neck Pain and Stiffness
Always have a proper posture, regardless of whether you sit or stand
Always make breaks from driving, sitting, and other activities that cause improper neck posture