Preventing neck and shoulder tension

Muscular tension can be eased with a few simple tips. Make sure you are conscious of how your body feels so you can immediately address it before it becomes an issue.

Good posture goes a long way. Is your workspace ergonomic? If spending a lot of time at a computer or undertaking repetitive motions, you need to ensure that your surrounding is adequately equipped to enable you to carry your tasks without muscular tension. For example you could request a chair that gives you good lumbar support.

Don’t be embarrassed to stretch away! When at work, stop regularly and do some easy stretching exercises such as gently shaking arms and legs to loosen your muscles up.

Take some deep breaths. Oxygen can do wonders – take a few deep breaths to help you relax. Alternatively go for a walk outside to get some fresh air if you work in an air-conditioned office.

A good night sleep. Waking up well rested can help reduce chances of experiencing muscular tension.

Gentle exercises. Exercising gently on a regular basis – such as yoga and meditation classes, can help ease muscular tension. Speak to a personal trainer so he/she can show you exercises that are the most appropriate to your needs.

Treat yourself to a massage. Getting body massages can also help relieve muscular tension. The combination of massage plus the aromatherapy oils can relax your muscles.

Hit the steam room. Even minutes in the steam room and the sauna can help. However, make sure that you do not overuse these rooms as too much loss of water can also bring muscular tension.

Rest is good! Try to get a lot of rest when you have muscular tension to ensure that your body gets to relax as much as it needs to.

Give complementary therapies a try. Chiropractic and acupuncture can be helpful. If it is a recurring problem or there is no improvement, you should consult your Doctor about your condition, as you may need an anti-inflammatory pain relieving preparation.