Pain Centre

16 January 2008

Centrum tip – A pain in the neck?

Neck pain can be, well, a pain in the neck. If you sit in front of a computer all day, chances are that you know only too well what this feels like.

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Neck pain can be, well, a pain in the neck. If you sit in front of a computer all day, chances are that you know only too well what this feels like. Here’s how to ease neck strain.

Take action:
Improve your posture (Pilates can be a great help here) – bad posture is the main cause of neck strain; lie down to relieve pain, but don’t use a thick pillow that might crimp your neck; make use of massaging to ease muscles; do neck exercises – a gentle range of motion and resistance exercises can help; keep your work at eye level – adjust the height of your chair, desk or computer screen; avoid staying in one position for too long; avoid bad neck habits such as keeping the phone between your neck and shoulder, falling asleep on a chair with your head tilted back or resting on your chest, or shampooing your head in the sink.

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Dr Raath originally specialised and worked as an anaesthesiologist in private practice. In 2008 he obtained his Fellowship In Interventional Pain Practice and since then has operated the the Pain Clinic at the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital in Pretoria which treats all forms of chronic pain. Read more here.

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