Neck Pain. A pain in the neck. Unable to turn the neck one way or the other. It burns. It stabs. It ACHES. And it just won’t go away! You know what I’m talking about. Well, I know what I’m talking about because, some days MY neck hurts! And do you know what? I don’t like when my neck hurts! Yes, I stretch. Yes, I get a massage week (really). But I like to know WHY my neck hurts. Or why YOUR neck hurts. So I investigate.
There are many causes of neck pain in our every day lives. Driving, talking on the phone, lifting, reading, and a thousand other things can cause neck pain. But there’s a cause for burning neck pain right under your nose…literally.
I thought for a while that my vigorous work schedule was the cause of my neck pain. I hurt while giving massage, after giving massage, at home on the computer, and even just sitting to watch TV. I couldn’t figure it out. And then…
In an effort to reduce my discomfort one evening while
on Facebook blogging, I put a pillow under my laptop to raise the screen closer to my eyes. Aha! It only took me two days to figure out the cause of my pain! The laptop! I spend several hours a night with my face buried in the laptop, sometimes working, sometimes just reading stuff. Well, let me tell you, the lap is no place for a laptop!
When the laptop is directly in your lap your head is tilted down and forward. (Check right now!) One or more hours in this position puts a huge strain on ALL of your neck muscles! And shoulder muscles. And mid-back muscles. And lower back muscles. Should I go on?
So what now? No laptop on the lap? All things in moderation, I suppose. For me, if I have a big work project like working on my website, the laptop and I will be at the kitchen table. It isn’t perfect, but it is an improvement. And for the casual internet surfing, webinar, and blogging? I put one or two pillows between the laptop and my lap. I’m looking into some kind of tray or portable desk. I also take breaks, stretch and rotate the neck muscles. And massage! I get massage 🙂
The next time you have a burning pain in your neck, try to find what’s causing the pain. Then find a way to lessen the pain. Visit my website to see if there is a massage right for you! www.thecomfortzonemassage.com