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A Head's Up About Neck Pain

Mar 11, 2014 12:15PM ● By Cate Reynolds
It is so pervasive; the expression has become idiomatic in the English language: “He/she is a real pain in the neck.” And though it is often referring to a boss, a demanding child, or an overbearing in-law, it is all based on a genuine physical complaint—one that often comes on gradually and can be prevented. Dr. Zacharia Isaac, of the Comprehensive Spine Care Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, suggests six tips to help take care of your neck.

1. Don’t stay in one position too long. Get up and move around—good advice in this wed-to-our-devices age.

2. Make some ergonomic adjustments. Put your computer monitor at eye level. Prop you tablet on a pillow so it sits at a 45-degree angle, instead of lying in your lap.

3. If you wear glasses, keep your prescription up to date. You won’t have to lean your head back to see better.

4. Don’t use too many pillows. Sleeping with several pillows under your head can stifle your neck’s range of motion.

5. Know your limits. Before you move that old 38-inch Sony Trinitron to make room for the new HD TV, ask for help.

6. Get a good night’s sleep. Just don’t use too many pillows.

—S.H.

Bottom Line: A weekly massage may also do a world of good!