Some people experience only neck pain or just shoulder - while others experience discomfort in both areas simultaneously.
Soreness in the neck and shoulders can lead to difficulty when moving, especially when trying to turn the head to the side or rotate the shoulders. It may also be accompanied by a tension headache, and/or arm pain. A real giveaway for this level of neck and shoulder pain is when you need to turn the entire body as opposed to a simple rotation of the neck, when trying to look sideways.
Symptoms typically last for a few days. Any prolonged neck and shoulder pain should be discussed with a medical professional, as it can be a sign of a more serious medical condition.
What Causes Neck and Shoulder Pain?
Neck and shoulder pain are both common problems. They are often linked to an underuse of the underlying muscles. Other factors, such as experiencing stress in your personal and professional life, can play a role too – stress is so often ‘stored’ in the neck and shoulders.
Causes of neck and shoulder pain may include:
- Poor posture
- Muscle strain
- Strains from overexertion
Treatment and Prevention of Neck and Shoulder Pain
Pain in the neck and shoulder region may be prevented with short exercises that stretch and relax neck and shoulder muscles.Preventative measures include:
- Moving frequently, especially if you sit in front of a computer for long hours. Take time out to stretch and flex, like holding your arms above your head then locking them together. Try this exercise to reduce pain from tense shoulders and neck.
- Strengthening your muscles to counterbalance monotonous use (or non-use) of muscle groups in the neck and shoulders.
- Regulating your stress levels with meditation or yoga classes, to counteract tension.
- Take deep breaths. Oxygen can help to relax muscles and prevent stress from building up.
The Elastoplast Therapeutic Heat Pad is ideal for treating neck and shoulder discomfort. It provides sustained, intense heat, interacting with pain receptors to alter the perception of pain.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner.
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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