ABOUT - INFO ON UPPER BACK, NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN
Even athletes can suffer from neck pain, due to weak muscles, as upper thoraic training is not a neck training. Neck muscles need to be addressed specifically!
Neck pain – What are the most common symptoms?
Problems in the lower neck can radiate to the shoulders or upper arm regions. Pain in the high cervical region of the neck can lead to headaches or other symptoms such as dizziness or even reduced range of motion.
HEALTH MANAGEMENT - MAKE SURE TO TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS
Heat therapy is a simple and effective method that can offer pain relief for neck and shoulder tension and mechanical pain. Heat plasters will provide intense lasting heat and will stick conveniently on the neck and shoulders. Plenty of rest can also alleviate neck and back pain.
HEAT PLASTERS RELEASE HEAT TO RELIEVE PAIN AND RELAX YOUR MUSCLESSelf-medication with muscle-relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs should not exceed a few days. If pain radiates to the lower arm for more than a few days, it is recommended to consult a doctor.
PREVENTION - BETTER THAN HAVING TO SEEK TREATMENT
Be pro-active about preventing neck pain! Some tips
Work out in order to counterbalance your monotonous or non-use of muscle groups in the neck.
Watch out for psychological stress (pressure at work) ouching and try to avoid it. Factors such as stress or loading yourself with too much work or responsibility can greatly contribute to tenseness.
Find out what personal triggers of tension (stress, conflicts etc.) are, what role they play and what you can do to reduce them.
TENSE MUSCLES ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF STRESSIf you work in an office environment, use any chance that you get to move around and get seome exercise. Walk or bike to the office, take the lift... Getting enough oxygen also helps to relax muscles and can prevent stress from building up in the muscles of the neck and shoulders.
EXPERT TIP - FIND OUT, WHAT A DOCTOR RECOMMENDS
“When we do not use our neck and upper back muscles as much as they are meant to be, these muscles weaken and shorten, others become very tight.
“YES, ALL OF US HAVE NECK MUSCLES AND WE CAN TRAIN THEM TO REDUCE NECK PAIN VERY EFFICIENTLY.”After a while, this tightening may manifest itself in pain and discomfort around the neck and upper back area. Applying heat to the area can alleviate the pain by increasing blood flow.”
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Important: consult a health professional in case of an injury or if you suspect overuse of joints or a medical condition such as a fracture. A physician should be consulted in those acute cases when the condition is accompanied by reddening, swelling or hyperthermia of joints, ongoing joint trouble or severe pain and/or are associated with neurological symptoms
(e.g. numbness, tingling, loss of motion).
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