- Too much stressful driving - Yep, even though it seems like there's always new roads or more lanes, even people who bike or walk to work in nice weather, it never fails, the roads seem to just get busier and busier. So a stressful drive is tough on the neck. Think about it; over time drives creates some forward head posture (the spine pulls forward and that creates nerve pressure), now add a stressful drive to the mix. You're on high alert, you grip the wheel like you never want to let go, and you have a lot of tension in the muscles of the upper body.
- You are a cell phone junkie. Constantly texting, going on the internet, reading email... Cell phones, they're not as big as your screen at home and you tend to bend that head down and forward to look at them. Doing a particular posture over and over again starts to reshape the spine; and in this case, not for the positive.
- You are always lugging around the laptop. You can't win right. Well now we have tablets which do make things a bit easier. But the bottom line is that sometimes you have to make multiple trips to carry things or you have to use a back pack, or something else that doesn't make a fashion statement. When it comes down to it though, that is a much better choice than being in pain for 3 days.
- You read in bed in awkward positions. This one also includes watching TV. In bed or not. I'm not even talking about slipping away to sleep in this funky position. Simply trying to watch or read in one particular way, you may go to get up and say "mann, what did I just do?"
- Poor eating habits. You know you've heard "you are what you eat". Sometimes the birthday parties, meeting for work, maybe late nights doing work, and more, starts to catch up with us. To keep the whole body working at its best we have to give it good fuel. This is not always the case for some of us.
- Doing things like you were 20 years younger. We've all heard of the "weekend warriors" - have a ho hum life during the week but when Friday/Saturday hits, it's to the golf course, gym, building a shed, painting the deck, to the batting cages, then to the bar with friends. The body just can't go at the same pace it used too. Especially since during the week life is so sedentary.
Didn't think of all of those did you? Now that you have an idea of some of the additional causes of neck pain, it's time to evaluate your daily habits and see if something can be changed to prevent future pains.
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