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  • Golfing and Neck Pain: How To Get Relief


    Golf and pain go hand in hand, especially in the neck.
    You need good range of motion in your neck for your golf swing. If you've got a kink in your neck that makes movement panful, your golf swing will of course be impacted!

    One of the biggest contributors to neck pain is poor posture during an activity. Instead of pulling the chin down for a neutral posture, some people keep the chin forward and shoulders slouched. That makes the chin stick out and creates tension in the neck and surrounding muscles.

    In the pursuit of neck pain relief, an important aspect which is often overlooked is unrestricted cervical spine rotation. The ability to "retract" your neck, and fully rotate to the left is necessary to achieve a good "top of back swing position" (for the right-handed golfer). Any limitation in flexibility in either plane of motion can cause muscle strain/or nerve pinching. The shearing and rotational stresses occurring at the lower neck at the top of backswing will be minimized with good muscle flexibility. Gentle rotation and side bending neck stretches done twice daily for a duration of twenty seconds each will help eliminate pain and restriction.

    The most common form of neck pain is often caused by overstretching of ligaments due to postural stresses. The golfer who spends countless hours practicing with the head in a forward, protruded position will always be at higher risk to develop cervical (neck) pain. 

    Extending the neck while you swing causes tension; carrying a golf bag on the same side all the time leads to uneven muscles and pain.

    Quick fix: Bring your chin toward your neck as you look down at the ball so your neck is not extended; alternate shoulder sides when you carry a golf bag.

    Neck Stretch Tips:  Face forward and let your head bend

    slowly to the side.

    • Hold three seconds and repeat on the other side.
    • Repeat 10 times.
    • Do this exercise slowly and gently.
    • For an additional stretch, when your head is bent to the side, let it roll slowly forward about 45 degrees and hold it there for three seconds.

    Remember that using the proper form during physical activity prevents neck pain. So does strengthening the neck, shoulder, back and core muscles.

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    Fiamma Felitch, a Professional Female Golfer uses the Posture Pump® Elliptical Back Rocker™ Model 2000 to increase her range of motion and decrease back soreness due to the multiple hours mastering her golf swing!

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  • Avoid Neck Pain from Playing Video Games

    Gamer Pro Tips – Sit Up Straight to Avoid Neck Pain from Playing Video Games

    Do you get neck stiffness or soreness after playing video games for long periods of time? Do you notice yourself leaning forward towards the TV and looking up at the screen? Ever notice your shoulders are rounded while gripping the controller? Has it crossed your mind to have good sitting posture or do neck exercises while playing games? Assuming the answers to these questions would be “No.”

    It might not be immediately obvious from watching e-sports stars in their professional performances, but the life of a pro gamer can actually be quite physically taxing.  E-Sports ergonomics expert Frank Maas tips for improving your physical approach to gaming includes: the correct sitting position, screen height, and taking breaks often with proper stretching and exercises to keep healthy. You don’t need to be a pro gamer to have these neck and back issues.  The everyday gamer can be impacted.

    Gaming Positions:  There are 2 really common gaming positions for gamers. The “couch slouch”, where the gamer is just chilling with feet up on the coffee table and slouched back into the couch. Then, there’s the “full-on” position – usually in the heat of an FPS battle – that involves leaning forward, elbows on knees, head tilted forward, and all attention and focused on the screen.

    Many gamer's play video games using a game chair or on the bean bag. Some have found that using the gaming chair has improved their posture and eliminates the forward head and rounded shoulders position.

    Good Posture is Key.  Poor Posture is one of the most common causes of neck pain. Be sure that you are sitting back and leaning forward. When the knees are crossed, the elbows are usually on top of them while the head will be looking up at the screen. After hours of this position, your neck and other areas of your body probably will be stiff or sore from lack of movements.

    Gaming chairs can provide a health benefit of sitting correctly and reduce neck tension or strain. Even if you don’t have a gaming chair, sitting up properly will help reduce any neck strain.

    Posture Pump® specializes in neck and back-related pain products.  Posture Pump® decompresses & shapes the cervical curve, improves ranges of motion, and gets to the cause of neck pain and stiffness fast!

    Neck Exercises During Game Loads. Doing some simple neck exercises while games are loading can help.  You can do a neck workout and help your neck to a better neck posture while playing video games.

    These are quick neck exercises you can do within a minute or two.

    • Chin tucks
    • Shoulder rolls, shrugs and blade pinches
    • Head range of motions
    • Head rotations
    • Neck extensor stretches

    It’s even better if you can do the chin tuck while playing the game. By bringing your chin back towards the chair or the wall behind you, you can strengthen the front and stretch the back of your neck muscles. Combining any of the neck exercises will help keep neck tension from building when playing.

    Final Tip: Don’t clench your teeth or let your shoulders rise towards your ears when playing.

    These motions will make your head and neck tensed.  Have fun playing games and don’t forget to do neck exercises!



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