When you're stiff and sore, some moderate exercise can often help to loosen up your muscles and make you feel better. When you're dealing with neck pain, however, you have to be careful to ensure that your chosen physical activity doesn't exacerbate your discomfort. While there are a number of worthwhile exercises that you should be able to safely perform with neck pain — walking, for example — there are others that may leave you in more pain by the end of the workout. Here are some physical activities that are best to avoid when your neck is sore.
While jogging might be possible for some neck pain sufferers, it isn't suitable for everyone. As such, you're best to avoid it, rather than allow this activity to worsen your discomfort. Jogging has a long list of benefits, but one of its risks is the impact that is created with each step. Each time your feet hit the pavement, your body is absorbing a considerable impact. And, while your neck is a fair distance from your feet, you may commonly feel a shockwave in your upper body, including in your neck. This jarring impact may worsen your pain by the end of your run.
Walking a golf course shouldn't worsen your existing neck pain, but the concern with this sport is the twisting motion. Each time you swing your club, your back and neck go through a significant twist. With a sore neck, this motion may prove to be problematic. For example, if your neck is hurting you because of a pinched nerve, you may find that twisting your upper body when you swing a golf club makes the pain even sharper. Consider you may take several hundred swings, including practice swings, during a round of play, you're best to avoid this sport.
Riding your bike doesn't create an impact or a twisting motion, but this athletic activity is still best to avoid when your neck is sore. This is especially true if you commonly lean forward while riding; in this position, your head isn't supported. This mean that it will constantly be pulling down on your neck, which may generate a considerable amount of neck pain. If you're suffering from neck pain, it's a good idea to seek help from a medical practitioner as soon as possible. Doing so will allow you to resume the physical activities that you enjoy but may be avoiding because of your discomfort.
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