Dr Pixie gives advice on how to deal with tension-induced neck spasms
Q. MY NECK GOES INTO SPASM FOR NO REASON MAKING IT HARD TO TURN MY HEAD. WORK IS STRESSFUL SO I’VE PU IT DOWN TO TENSION. WHAT COULD BE THE CAUSE?
If you have weakness or pins and needles in your upper arms this may suggest a problem with the disc in your neck, otherwise it’s very likely to be tension or stress and a by-product of long hours at a desk. The way we sit, use our phone and mouse often causes muscle spasm and pain. Large handbags full of "must haves" and slouching over our laptops don’t help either. The more stressed you are, the worse it will get so take action now. If you have numbness or severe pain, see your doctor, if it’s spasms, see a physio or an osteopath. They can loosen tension and advise you on posture changes to prevent it happening again. Yoga or Pilates will help, too, not least with stress.
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