help my neck feel better!
August 25, 2011 9:33 PM Subscribe
Sore neck, shoulder and arm from slouching in front of my computer. Any tips on making myself feel better?
posted by vanitas to health & fitness (18 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I've been spending the summer working in an office, which I'm not used to, and after recently working extra hours I came down with pretty bad pain in my neck, right shoulder and arm. It's sore and tight and my arm feels pretty strained.
My doctor said it was a pulled muscle and possibly even a nerve issue since I sometimes get shooting pains. I've been referred to a specialist, but being Canadian I won't be able to see one for a while.
What I'm doing already, which help somewhat:
- switched my desk chair to one with more back support
- taking more breaks to walk around
My doctor also gave me a referral to a massage therapist but I'm a little uncomfortable with people touching me so I'm still ambivalent about going.
What can I do to make myself feel better in the meantime? I'm curious about stretches, exercising (I swim every weekend, would that help or hurt right now?), hot/cold packs, different painkillers, etc. I've never had back/neck pain before so I'm not sure where to start. Thanks!