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Coping with Neck and Back Pain

Coping with Neck and Back Pain

Many people in Britain today are dealing with increasing issues with neck and back pain which can affect their day-to-day lives.

A pulled neck can prevent you from turning your head and functioning properly depending on how severe it is. Neck pain does not always stop with your neck – the pain, stiffness and tingles can spread down your back, including your upper and lower back and can even affect the muscles in your chest. Sometimes the pain can even spread through to your fingers, wrists and hands. Some people suffer from repetitive strain injury as a result or because of using the same actions daily, such as typing. In a computer based environment this injury can be assisted by support mice.

Sciatica can occur also, sometimes in the form of a mild pain in your buttock, and top part of your leg, and sometimes an excruciating and crippling pain that can prevent you from walking and sleeping for a temporary period of time. Keeping mobile and considering sciatica chairs or even a specialist bed for sciatica may be an option to assist with this. Neck pain and all the related issues that can come with it can be crippling and if you suffer from such issues, you may wish to consider reassessing your lifestyle and look at ways you can help yourself with your problems.

When at school or further education, students can be hunched over piles of books for days, weeks and even months on end, sat in dimly lit rooms at unsociable hours, being kept awake by artificial stimulants and damaging the posture more and more by the day. Pregnancy can also be a trigger with regards to neck and back pain. Pregnancy, childbirth and even the act of being a mother with all that bending down and carrying your baby can all affect your back and posture. Backache also affects those of us engaging in physical labour in the workplace, through the acts of bending down, handling and moving heavy objects.

In an office environment, workers may be sitting at a desk all day, every day, for 8-12 hours at a time. And they continue to do the very same the next day, and so on. Workplaces should have very strict rules in place, and staff should go through risk assessments and be advised of information including bending their knees when lifting heavy objects. Other advice and direction involves keeping their eyes level with the top of the computer screen and ensuring everything is at the right height for them, with their seat adjusted correctly and sitting upright with correct posture. Workers should get regular breaks throughout the day, however some workplaces cannot accommodate workers leaving their station every hour. Many sick days have started to be attributed to neck and back pain, with some workers having to take months off at a time and even being permanently signed off from their work.

Preventative measures such as furniture can be used, you may want to consider orthopedic beds. Hot baths can be soothing and loosen up the muscles too, and keeping them warm and lubricated is important as the stiffness may increase the pain.