How to avoid neck pain during the holidays

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Stress during the holidays can sometimes be a literal pain in the neck. For sufferers of chronic neck pain, this can put a real damper on the festivities. The stiffness and loss in range of motion can make simple tasks difficult. Often, patients who suffer from neck pain will also suffer from headaches. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to help avoid neck pain during the holiday season.

Let someone gift you a new pillow

The holidays are a time for giving. While an ergonomic pillow may not sound like the most jaw-dropping gift, it can be very thoughtful for someone who suffers from chronic neck pain. While the exact best type of pillow may vary depending on what is causing your neck pain, a good general rule is that the pillow should keep your cervical spine supported and in neutral alignment.

Carry weight evenly

Shopping trips always seem to get a little larger and more complicated during the holidays. Between gifts and the 20-pound turkey, we often carry around more and heavier bags than we usually do during other times of the year.

Carrying an uneven load can cause your shoulders to be at different heights which can strain the neck muscles. When carrying multiple heavy items, keep your shoulders even and upright to avoid making neck pain worse.

Keep drinking water

During the winter months, you may feel less thirsty because you are sweating less. But staying hydrated helps to reduce neck pain symptoms. The fluid-filled discs that protect the vertebrae in the neck from rubbing against each other are mostly water. Staying hydrated will help keep those discs strong and pliable.

While many patients may find some relief from their neck pain symptoms, physical therapy is another excellent option to help reduce neck pain. Panther Physical Therapy offers treatment options that are tailored to the patient’s needs. If you or a loved one suffers from chronic neck pain, contact Panther Physical Therapy today to set up your initial appointment.