Nothing...unless you’re sitting for hours every single day.
From office workers who need to be in front of a computer to get the job done to gamers who are in the zone, the one thing we do more than anything else is sit in a chair. While the numbers are mixed, it’s agreed that most adults spend anywhere between 6 ½ to 11 hours a day sitting!
And this isn’t just over the course of a couple days or even weeks: we spend years of our lives with our butts in chairs. Moreover, we don’t always consciously sit with good posture and the longer we sit, the more stress our bodies hold onto. One of the most common places we store all that stress is in our neck and shoulders.
Unfortunately, we can’t just ‘stop sitting’ nor is there an overnight cure that’ll put a stop to the pain entirely. However, there are small things we can do to relieve the neck pain without having to see your local chiropractor twice a week.
Something as simple as moving your head in its comfortable range of motion is enough to relieve stress in your neck. First slowly move your head in small circles clockwise and switch counterclockwise. Then turn your head so your right ear touches your right shoulder, then switch to the left side. This method is a great way to improve blood circulation & maintain rest length for your muscles.
This may sound counterintuitive but once you try it, you’ll see a big difference in how much pain you feel. While holding your breath, tense the muscles in a particular part of the body. Hold it for a couple of seconds, then quietly exhale while letting the tensed up muscle group relax. Do this a couple times and consciously feel any tension in the body melt away. Then switch muscle groups.
It’s not as ‘woo-woo’ as you may think. There are a lot of studies as well as individual experiences that reveal how much better people feel after a 20 minute visualization session. Imagine the tension in your neck and body like it’s dirty smoke or something physical that needs to be cleaned out. Visualize it evaporating into thin air or draining out of your body onto the floor. At the same time, consciously look for any tension in your body as you try to relax and ease the pain.
This means more than just telling yourself to lose the pain and relax, then you’ll be alright. The principle behind this is to bring awareness to your body and find out where in your body all the stress is gathered so you can start loosening up and releasing the tension. Tell your body that it’s time to remove as much of the strain inside and let your muscles relax as much as possible.
As we mentioned before, these tips will help you manage your neck pain so it doesn’t get worse but it won’t entirely eliminate pain from your life. If we know that we’ll be spending most of our day sitting down, it’s important to be proactive and find ways to minimize the effects of long-term sitting and neck pain. There are two simple and effective ways to do this.
One short term tip is to take more frequent breaks from sitting. Spend 25 minutes sitting, then 5 minutes out of your chair to stretch or walk around.
The second long term tip is to create a more ergonomic work or gaming environment that’ll keep your body in the most optimal position. That’s exactly what the Omega Chair has helped hundreds of happy customers achieve!
It’s not just some fancy chair with a couple of different features: the Omega Chair is a completely out-of-the-box solution that was designed to be customizable to your unique body and ensure everything from lumbar support, arm support, versatility, and flexibility brings you a comfortable and painless experience!