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How Can I Help A Stiff Neck Caused By Poor Posture
Many ways: The first thing to do is to understand what good posture looks like. There are a number of resources for this but probably the best way to learn to take control of this yourself is to have a few sessions with a physical therapist who can teach you. Postural exercises looking in a mirror can help. One of my favorites is yoga which spends a great deal of time working on alignment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Better posture: First you need to see a physician to be certain your neck pain is caused by poor posture. Once that is established it may be helpful to meet with a physical therapist to teach you good body mechanics and ergonomics and give you a home expercise program. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Easy things first: Try over the counter anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen, heat pack, icy-hot or ben gay. If that doesnt work, try a massage. Finally if none of those work, you might want to see your primary md. A short course of muscle relaxant can help. Make sure you take steps to prevent a poor sleeping position in the future otherwise the symptoms will persist. ...Read more
Heat exercise massag: Moist heat applied to the neck & shoulders; pain med (aleve/advil/motrin—if tolerated by stomach & not on blood thinner coumadin); magnesium to help relax muscles (caution: too much may cause loose bm's); neck and shoulder exercises to relax and fatigue cramped muscles; therapeutic massage; consult doctor if problem worsens or persists more than a few days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does forward head posture affect your breathing & how do you reverse the damage caused by years of poor posture? I get dizzy and fatigued often...
Explain?: No matter how badly you slouch, you won't damage your lungs directly. Taking a deep breath forces you to straighten up & i suspect this is how the myth of "poor" posture causing lung insufficiency began. If remembering to stand straight up (you can do it voluntarily if your muscles & bones are intact) is difficult, doing some yoga postures may be very helpful. ...Read more
See below: Gentle stretching of the neck should work it out. Also heat to the painful area, use of anti-inflammatories if it is safe for you to take these should also help. The pain should go away after a day or two in most cases. ...Read more
Progression possible: Traction on the medial plantar branch of the tibial nerve can lead to tarsal tunnel syndrome. This can be confirmed with EMG-NCS testing. In addition to pain you might experience tingling in the instep radiating up to above the ankle. Arch supports as others have advised is the way to go. Those Dr Shoals machines you stand on can help fit you with the right arch support. If that fails see foot DR. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me if ohip covers anything like massage therapy to treat bad posture caused by scoliosis?
Get reevaluated: At age 37 be sure you not not have inflammatory causes for the back issues. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more
SEE YOUR PCP!: I think that the 1st thing to be done is to determine why you are banging your head on a wall. This is an acceleration/deceleration injury. You may apply heat to the area, along with massages & light stretching exercises. Usage of otc nsaids may be helpful. Once the pain intensity decreases, strengthening excersises will be helpful in preventing future pain, if the head banging is stopped. See pcp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chronic muscle tension i think from bad posture since being a child.. Muscles feel hard and ropy.. Get eye strain from tight muscles to help?
Get examination : If this has been going on for an extended period of time i would suggest that you get examined to find the reason. Most likely it just muscular in nature. It could be as gimle as the pillow you use or the position you sleep in. Try placing a towel wrapped around your neck, secured by a pin and se if the extra support stop your pain. If do then try getting a pillow with a neck contour for support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I know chiropractor neck manipulation can cause stroke from their violent twisting, but can a slow and gentle self neck manipulation cause a stroke?
TIA: When there is build up of material in the lining of the neck vessels aka plaque or atherosclerosis, firm manipulation of the overlying tissues may cause a tiny piece to break off and enter the brain. This piece may lodge in a small vessel. Thereby causing interruption of blood flow to that area. If the interruption is brief then transient stroke like symptoms may occur aka tia. ...Read more
Neck Pain: Arthritic symptoms typically cause stiffness with inactivity that seems to loosen up as the day gets rolling. Don't waste money, but trying a couple different pillows could help. Taking an otc anti-inflammatory at bedtime could also help. Mckenzie pt, nsaid's, are reasonable as a first step. Md eval next. ...Read more
What would you suggest for tight muscles caused by tension...and I also have a herniated disc at L5 S1 and suffer with sciatica. Neck position for sle?
Muscle tension: If you wish to avoid taking muscle relaxants like flexeril or robaxin, (methocarbamol) consider stress management therapy. Wearing a soft cervical collar off and on takes pressure of the neck. For sciatic pain which is chronic, epidural corticosteroid injections and/or surgery may be needed and follow up with a neurosurgeon is advisable. ...Read more
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