In this blog, we are going to discuss some more tips on how to relieve neck pain while sitting. This is a two part blog. If you haven't read part 1 of this blog, you can read it here.
Hot and cold packs:
These simple solutions can be very helpful to manage neck pain. A hot pack is very helpful when you have a muscle spasm or tightness in the muscle or when you wake up with a stiff neck. When you apply a hot pack, it causes the blood vessels in the area to expand and this causes the blood to flow into the area. This flow of blood brings with it an influx of nutrients and oxygen, which helps with healing the area. It also washes away the pain producing substances that may have accumulated there.
On the other hand a cold pack is more helpful with acute neck pain as cold can help to ease the inflammation in the area. Cold packs are also very helpful to ease the soreness or achiness that you may feel in the neck due to the inflammation or physical stresses that built up on the neck as the days goes by.
Movement and regular breaks:
Try not to sit for long hours without a break. Our body is not made for static posture as they can lead to a build up of stresses on your spine and joints, leading to neck, back and joint pains. If you can't get away from your desk or your workstation, try and shift your weight from one side of the bottom to the other, cross uncross your legs to offloading the spine. If you have an adjustable standing desk then try to alternate between sitting and standing during your work hours. It is a good idea to move for at least a minute or two every hour.
HERE are some easy Desk based exercises that you can do to get out of a static posture when working and to prevent stiffness and pain in your spine and joints. These can be easily done even when you are in a meeting or a flight where you cant get up and move. They only take under 2 to 3 minutes to do.
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