Updated: Nov 10, 2020
As a result of Coronavirus, more and more of us are working from home which means many of us are found gazing into computers or staring down at our smart phones most of the working day.
A study shows that nearly 20% of us has experienced neck pain in the last 3 months alone. A stiff neck usually is the result of muscles weakening over time from poor posture or misuse.
As we find that we are looking down at our computer monitors all day, this can cause the muscles around the neck joints to tire and become overstretched. Even driving for long periods of time or looking at your mobile phone can have the same effect. If you’re doing this day after day, it can add up and can displace your neck joints.
What can we do to ease the pain?
Put your monitor at eye level
Sit up straight and avoiding tilting and twisting your head down or to the side while you are on the computer
When you are driving or looking at your mobile phone, be sure to take frequent breaks and avoid having your neck bent forward for long periods of time
Stretch it out
Can you recommend any stretches I can try at home?
Yes, here are some stretches you can try at your desk or in the car that may help you to avoid a stiff neck:
Roll your shoulders backwards and down 10 times.
Squeeze your shoulder blades together 10 times.
Push your head backwards into your car head rest or hands and hold for 30 seconds.
Bring your ear to your shoulder 10 times on each side.