By: Nima Rajan
It is the exam season; a lot of us are burning the midnight oil, trying to make it through another gruelling semester. Often times we are so focused on completing our assignments and reading those never ending notes that we forget the stress and strain we are subjecting our necks to. This can lead to pain in the neck.
Neck pain is mostly caused by activities that involve repeated or prolonged movements of the neck. This can result muscle strain or overused muscles, an injury to the ligaments or a spasm of the neck muscles.
Some of these activities could be:
- Holding your head in a forward or odd position for long periods of time while working, reading, watching TV, or talking on the telephone.
- Using a pillow that is too high or too flat and does not provide proper support to your neck, or
- Sleeping on face down, with your neck twisted or bent.
- Resting your head on your fist or arm for long periods of time.
- Doing exercises or work that uses the upper body and arms, such as painting a ceiling or other overhead work.
Stress and focusing intensely on a task can also cause neck pain. Tension may develop in one or more of the muscles that connect the head, neck, and shoulders. They may feel tight and painful, which in turn could cause headaches.
Correct posture and physiotherapist led exercises can help you go through the exam season pain free. To find out more call us at 905-488-1223.