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What can be done to prevent neck pain?

Prevention is related to the cause. For instance, avoiding overuse or injury of the neck muscles can prevent these causes of neck pain. Many cases cannot be prevented. Use relaxation techniques and regular exercise to prevent unwanted stress and

tension to the neck muscles. Learn stretching exercises for your neck and upper body. Stretch every day, especially before and after exercise. A physical therapist can help. If you tend to get neck pain from exercise, apply ice to your neck after physical activity. Use good posture, especially if you sit at a desk all day. Keep your back supported. Adjust your computer monitor to eye level. This prevents you from continually looking up or down. If you work at a computer, stretch your neck every hour or so. Use a headset when on the telephone, especially if answering or using the phone is a main part of your job. When reading or typing from documents at your desk, place them in a holder at eye level. Evaluate your sleeping conditions. Make sure your pillow is properly and comfortably supporting your head and neck. You may need a special neck pillow. Make sure your mattress is firm enough. Use seat belts and bike helmets to prevent injuries. If neck pain is worse at the end of the day, evaluate your posture and body mechanics. Avoid slouching or a head-forward posture. Sit straight in your chair with your lower back supported, feet flat on the floor, and shoulders relaxed. Avoid sitting for long periods without getting up or changing positions. Take short breaks several times an hour to stretch your neck muscles. If you work at a computer, adjust the monitor so the top of the screen is at eye level. Use a document holder that puts your work at the same level as the screen.

More information on neck pain

What is neck pain? - Neck pain is pain that occurs anywhere from the bottom of your head to the top of your shoulders.
What causes neck pain? - Common neck pain is from muscle strain or tension. Usually, everyday activities are responsible.
What're the symptoms of neck pain? - Symptoms of neck pain include osteoarthritis, headaches; pain in the shoulder, arm or hand.
How is neck pain diagnosed? - Neck pain is usually diagnosed through a medical history and physical examination.
What's the treatment for neck pain? - Most cases of neck pain disappear without treatment or with the help of mild pain killers.
How to prevent neck pain? - Prevention of neck pain is related to the cause. Avoid slouching or a head-forward posture.
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