It’s exam time and I have had a number of students come to see me with neck pain radiating to their shoulder and giving them headaches. The story usually goes along the lines of no trauma, prolonged periods of sitting at the computer or on the bed with their laptop, cramming for the exam, along with finishing an assignment. Sometimes, it can just be someone who has put in a few extra hours at work or home on the computer. Neck pain starts, then it begins to radiate to the shoulder after a few weeks, and then headaches begin. Being at the computer becomes unbearable.
There are a number of things that can be done to help the situation and also prevent it coming back again. Posture is everything!
1. Be aware of your sitting posture – make sure you are not slumping and that the computer screen is at eye level. If it is lower, it forces you to look down and puts too much strain on the muscles at the back of the neck and shoulders.
2. Sit upright, lifting your sternum and relaxing your shoulders and turn your head from side to side a few times every 30 minutes.
3. Try to avoid sitting for too long – take breaks and walk regularly.
4. When you are on a break, try this exercise. Find a wall, then stand up with your back and head against it. Your feet can be up to 10 cm away from the wall. Your arms start at your sides. Take both arms out in front of you and reach overhead to touch the wall. Return to the starting position by bringing your arms back to your sides. This can be difficult to do for many people who have spent hours in front of a computer.
Hope this helps
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