Most neck pain is associated with poor posture combined with age-related wear and tear. To help prevent neck pain, keep your head cantered over your spine. Some simple changes in your daily routine may help. Consider trying to:
· Use good posture. When standing and sitting, be sure your shoulders are in a straight line over your hips and your ears are directly over your shoulders.
· Take frequent breaks. If you travel long distances or work long hours at your computer, get up, move around and stretch your neck and shoulders.
· Adjust your desk, chair and computer so that the monitor is at eye level. Knees should be slightly lower than hips. Use your chair's armrests.
· Avoid tucking the phone between your ear and shoulder when you talk. Use a headset or speakerphone instead.
· If you smoke, quit. Smoking can put you at higher risk of developing neck pain.
· Avoid carrying heavy bags with straps over your shoulder. The weight can strain your neck.
Sleep in a good position. Your head and neck should be aligned with your body. Use a small pillow under your neck. Try sleeping on your back with your thighs elevated on pillows, which will flatten your spinal muscles.