From checking your texts to washing and styling your hair, seemingly innocent daily habits can put a lot of unneeded stress on your neck muscles and joints.
Here are some reasons for the pain and easy ways to practice avoiding it.
1) Your neck supports a whole lot of weight: Your head to be exact, which is approximately 10 percent of your body weight. Habitual contracting and shortening of the neck, pushed this wonderful weight back and down on the neck and spine, leading to pain, stiffness and lowered range of movement.
The solution: Learn to move while cooperating with gravity. Once you learn where the neck and head connection really is (between the ears and behind the eyes) you'll learn to practice carrying your head light and with poise, in all of your movements.
2) A tense and misaligned pelvis as a result of too much sitting and slimming can affect neck health more that we think!
The solution: The next time you catch yourself overly focused and slipping, notice the quality of your lower back and neck muscles. If you notice, the onset of pain and stiffness, stop and re set your thinking. Yes, it's almost too simple, but becoming aware of where and how your body is designed (discovered in design that is) to carry weight (your core connections) rather than burdening your muscles under the weight of your head and torso can make a huge difference. This simple practice, which is the corner stone of Alexander Technique, has the added value of releasing natural endorphins through your entire system !!
3) Having too much on our plate can lead us to subconsciously curl in, tensing the head into the neck and stressing the lower back. This fight / flight response has the added potential to make us less sensitive to how we are over tensioning and lead to injury.
The solution: Constructive rest. Lying down is the only time that the discs in your spinal and neck can rehydrate with spinal fluid. That fluid is essential to keeping neck discs, muscles and joints strong and pain-free. But sometimes, most times even, it's hard to fit in enough rest. Constructive rest only takes 10 minutes! It is so simple and powerful, that once you become aware of its inner workings you'll never look back. It is a simple practice that is fueled by what you already have; your mind's ability to positively affect your body.
All you need is a little bit of intention.