Neck pain and shoulder pain are common, for those who sit, or stand, or drive, or run all day. It can get any and all of us. We hold our bodies in odd positions for long periods of time which creates stiffness and pain. So what do you do when pain flares up?
In every yoga class I talk about how our bodies change from day to day and moment to moment. The yoga pose that worked for you yesterday, this morning, or last week, may not be the tool you need at this moment. Imagine our poor necks spending hours on end in virtually the same position, night after night. What works one night may cause neck pain the next night.
The neck is delicate and stretching needs to be done very lightly, gently, and carefully, as to not cause additional suffering. Even the right stretching usually offers me minimal relief when my neck is tight, and can take months to see improvement.
Switching out my pillow is often the kick starter to relaxing my neck and should muscles. I have found no one perfect pillow that will make my neck happy to be in the same position all night every night.
- If you suffer from occasional or chronic neck and/or shoulder pain pay attention to what is going on.
- Try changing your pillow on a regular basis, and make sure each pillow supports your neck and not just your head.
- Stretch gently, move more frequently
- Circle your shoulders
- Turn your head from side to side
- If pain persists consider physical therapy