Neck pain is a common problem that many Swedes suffer from. A lot of sitting, office work and screen time cause aches and pains to occur and the problems can be difficult to get rid of.
Having neck pain can cause you to become stiff and find it difficult to move naturally, which in turn often causes you to experience pain elsewhere in the body.
Why do you get neck pain?
There are many reasons why aches and pains occur in the neck. Overexertion or heavy lifting can be a big factor, as well as trauma to the body, such as being in an accident or injuring yourself. Here are four other common reasons for back pain:
Herniated disc is a back problem that occurs when the soft cushions (discs) between the vertebrae of the spine suddenly begin to bulge. If you get a herniated disc in the upper part of the back, what is called the cervical spine, the disc can press on various nerve roots, which in turn cause pain to radiate up into the neck. This can make you mistakenly think the pain is in your neck, when in fact the pain is coming from problems in your back.
If the neck is subjected to the wrong load, perhaps from playing sports and injuring yourself, or if you lift something heavy the wrong way, you can experience a sudden pain that radiates into the neck. A strain can occur if you are unwarmed – or overexerted after many hours in the same position in front of the computer – and then subject your neck to a rapid movement.
Many people have experienced the phenomenon of neck lock, which can mean that you cannot move your neck naturally in one direction. Neck stiffness can occur with sudden movements, unnatural sleeping positions or infections in the throat. You often experience a cramping pain and sometimes you can't move your neck at all, but have to hold your head completely still so it doesn't hurt. This causes you to become stiff elsewhere in the body, as you constantly compensate with other muscles to avoid getting neck pain.
One of the more uncommon causes of neck pain can be osteoarthritis. The spine extends from the tailbone all the way up to the head, which means that osteoarthritis in the back can also cause neck problems. In spinal osteoarthritis, the cartilage breaks down between the vertebrae and causes pain in several places in the back and neck.
Do you want to get rid of your neck problems?
There is a lot you can do to prevent neck pain. A good tip is to soften the neck with a smart massage tool.
The Welify Neck Massager uses electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) and TENS, which send mild electrical impulses through the skin, reducing headaches and muscle tension, completely without side effects.
You place it around your neck, choose between different functions and let it work through and dissolve your stiff muscle knots in peace and quiet. Smooth, practical and effective for you with neck problems.