Neck and shoulder tension can be debilitating. It can be caused by making the wrong move suddenly, working at your computer or reading in bed, by stress or other reasons. But, having a pain in the neck takes on new meaning when you’re older and not a flexible as you were before.
Stand up and work
If you work from home and are on your computer for hours on end like I am, you may want to try a flexible standing desk. I bought a Homdox portable foldable laptop stand to raise my laptop to eye level so I’ll get off my butt and not strain my neck.
I bought it because it wasn’t expensive and wanted to see if I liked standing at my desk. It did the job and was easy to put together. I found that I could only stand for short periods of time before my legs started to bother me, so I may want to get something more expensive like a Flexispot, which easily moves up and down whenever you need it.
Shoulder tension affects your balance
Sometimes when I sit too long at my computer or get out of bed too fast, I feel like the Earth is moving. I don’t feel dizzy, just a little off-center. I’m sure it’s because my body is a little out of alignment because I feel fine otherwise. That’s something to watch. If you’re over 60 the last thing you want to do is lose your balance and fall.
Heated neck pillow
Another item I use when my neck and shoulders are sore is a Sonoma lavender neck pillow. You can heat it up for 1 minute in the microwave. Neck and shoulder tension is often caused by stress. The scent of lavender alone helps me relax. The pillow is also slightly weighted and pushes my shoulders down. As a kid, I walked around with my shoulders wrapped around my ears when I was nervous. It’s always been a problem for me.
One of my guest posters, Ann Merle did a video for Baby Boomers where she demonstrated an exercise for sore shoulders on my blog. You can watch it here.
Another exercise I like is sitting on the edge of a chair and then reaching back and grabbing the back of the chair. Pull forward arching your back. It really releases any shoulder tension you may be feeling.
Other ways to relax your muscles
I’m one of those people who hates taking medication unless I absolutely need it. However, I’ve found that a little CBD oil under my tongue helps my shoulder and neck muscles relax. It’s all-natural and really works.
Another thing you can do for neck and shoulder tension is to book a deep muscle massage. That’s always a wonderful way to relieve aching muscles and you’ll feel amazing afterward.
Do you suffer from neck and shoulder tension when you sit at your computer for too long? What do you do to find relief? Please leave a comment below.