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Imagine holding a bowling ball all day, everyday, over your head. Can you feel your shoulder muscles getting sore? Can you imagine walking to work, sitting at your computer, cleaning your house, playing with your kids, and all the time holding that bowling ball over your head? Well, that is essentially what your neck is doing all day. All day, everyday, with few rests in between when you lie down, your neck is holding up your head, which actually weighs a little more than an average bowling ball. In addition, if you are like most people then you probably don't walk around with perfect posture all the time. You probably tend to carry your head in front of your body. If you do, then it is more similar to holding the bowling ball in front of your head--which is even harder!
It is no wonder that so many people develop neck pain! However, just because you have ne...
Life can be a pain in the neck. Don't let it happen to you. Here are some ways to prevent neck pain from slowing your life down.
1. Beware of the Bifocal and Trifocal Glasses : If you are reading this through the bottom section of your glasses, then you are likely positioning your head and neck in an awkward position to do so. The best way to avoiding pinching your neck in order to utilize all portions of your prescription lenses is to have dedicated mono-focal prescription lenses that you can use for reading.
2. Adjust the Computer Screen to You : If your computer monitor is too high, you will be looking up for hours. If your computer monitor is too low, you will be looking down for hours. These sustained postures are likely to cause a pain in your neck. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has some great tips to help you adjust your monitor and prevent neck pain.
Many people winterize the house, the car, and the landscaping in preparation for freezing temperatures. How about winterizing you? If you have chronic pain, you know what happens when it gets cold outside . Everything starts to ache. Everything starts to get stiff. And life gets just a little more miserable. Wintertime does not have to be all bad if you can make a few adjustments to help your body prepare for colder temperatures. Some adjustments might need to happen in the medicine cabinet. Medications can be added, increased or eliminated to help make life a little more bearable during the Burrrr-winter.
Adding a medication just for the winter months can be extremely useful and proactive. One medication that might be worth adding is Celebrex, an anti-inflammatory drug. Daily use of Celebrex all year long for years on end is usually not advisable. However, using Celebrex daily for a short period of time, like during the winter time, might be a good way to keep those aches and p...
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