A new study recently has highlighted the increase of neck and shoulder pain in younger people and teenagers. This is thought to be the result of increased use of technology of mobile phones and tablets not only during the day, but also at night, for example whilst lying in bed. This increase in neck and shoulder pain is seen as a worrying new trend. Until recently the main cause of neck and shoulder pain in younger adults was as the result of car accidents, most notably whiplash. However many of those now presenting with these problems have not been involved in car accidents, but do admit to a prolonged use of technology and of holding mobile phones at awkward angles, or hunching over laptops and tablets.
Fortunately help for neck and shoulder pain is at hand:
Here are some top tips to ease neck and shoulder pain:
- Sleep on a low, firm, pillow at night
- Check your posture
- Using a heat pack can bring relief
- Try to keep active
- Restrict your use of technology – use it for no longer than an hour at a time then take a break
- Acupuncture can be beneficial for neck and shoulder pain as it works by releasing the muscles which tend to tighten when we become stressed or hold our necks and shoulders in the same posture for too long.