The Waiting Room Headache

Do you ever get the feeling that you are different?  I stuck out like a sore thumb today!  While sitting in a waiting room, I noticed that almost everyone is reading something.   Several people were reading magazines, two people were reading electronic tablets, and one person had a book.  I, too, had a magazine to read.  But I looked a little different…

I see all these people with their reading material in their laps.   Heads are thrust forward, shoulders are sagging, and backs are all wadded up like an upright fetal position.  Comfy, right?  And then there is me.  I have my magazine held directly in front of my face.  I look like I’m hiding!  You know, hiding in plain sight like on a sitcom.  “You can’t POSSIBLY see me with this magazine covering my face!”  I don’t know if I looked like a fool or not, but I know I looked different from everyone else.

It’s amazing what I notice when surrounded by people.  You see, I am in the business of pain relief, and I have gotten pretty good at spotting pain.   Those people who stared into their laps all day long probably ended the day with a headache.  And neck pain.  And shoulder pain.  Actually holding the reading material in front of your face helps hold your head up.  The neck muscles don’t have to strain or pull on the back of your skull causing eye-gauging pain.  Well, it *might* not be eye-gauging but it could be.  Why risk it?

What did I do different?  I sat with *mostly* good posture while holding the magazine up to my eye level.  I also stood up and walked around a little bit.  Sitting for a long time is hard on the body.  By the time I rode in the car for an hour, sat in a waiting room for three hours, and rode home an hour, I was EXHAUSTED!  And my shoulders hurt a little bit.  But, you can be sure that I walked and moved around frequently.  I just don’t like it when my neck hurts!

The next time you have to wait somewhere and you whip out your phone or magazine try holding it closer to your eye level.  It works, trust me!  But if it’s too late and your neck and shoulder already hurt, please visit my website to see if there is a massage right for you.  You can even schedule an appointment right on the website with the “Schedule Appointment” Button! www.thecomfortzonemassage.com 

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A Certain Pain in the Neck

Neck Pain.  A pain in the neck.  Unable to turn the neck one way or the other.  It burns.  It stabs.  It ACHES.  And it just won’t go away!  You know what I’m talking about.  Well, know what I’m talking about because, some days MY neck hurts!  And do you know what?  I don’t like when my neck hurts!  Yes, I stretch.  Yes, I get a massage week (really).   But I like to know WHY my neck hurts.  Or why YOUR neck hurts.  So I investigate.

There are many causes of neck pain in our every day lives.  Driving, talking on the phone, lifting, reading, and a thousand other things can cause neck pain.  But there’s a cause for burning neck pain right under your nose…literally.

I thought for a while that my vigorous work schedule was the cause of my neck pain.  I hurt while giving massage, after giving massage, at home on the computer, and even just sitting to watch TV.  I couldn’t figure it out.  And then…

In an effort to reduce my discomfort one evening while on Facebook  blogging, I put a pillow under my laptop to raise the screen closer to my eyes.  Aha!  It only took me two days to figure out the cause of my pain!  The laptop!  I spend several hours a night with my face buried in the laptop, sometimes working, sometimes just reading stuff.  Well, let me tell you, the lap is no place for a laptop!

When the laptop is directly in your lap your head is tilted down and forward.   (Check right now!)  One or more hours in this position puts a huge strain on ALL of your neck muscles!  And shoulder muscles.  And mid-back muscles.  And lower back muscles.  Should I go on?

So what now?  No laptop on the lap?  All things in moderation, I suppose.  For me, if I have a big work project like working on my website, the laptop and I will be at the kitchen table.  It isn’t perfect, but it is an improvement.  And for the casual internet surfing, webinar, and blogging?  I put one or two pillows between the laptop and my lap.   I’m looking into some kind of tray or portable desk.  I also take breaks, stretch and rotate the neck muscles.   And massage!  I get massage 🙂

The next time you have a burning pain in your neck, try to find what’s causing the pain.  Then find a way to lessen the pain.  Visit my website to see if there is a massage right for you!  www.thecomfortzonemassage.com