Whether sitting hunched over a computer at your desk all day, using your phone or tablet for long periods, carrying heavy bags or working in a manual job, all sorts of everyday activities can cause neck pain. “Neck pain is very common and causes substantial disability and economic cost,” says health broadcaster and writer Dr Catherine Hood. “About 10-20% of the population are reported to suffer from neck pain at any one time. A tiny niggle can gradually or even rapidly develop into chronic pain if you do nothing.” So don’t delay. Here’s how to ease your neck niggles – in all sorts of ways. Patches are the new pills “While it might be tempting to turn to oral painkillers, they can cause side effects, and opioid analgesics are increasingly associated with addiction,” says Dr Hood. “Try the Deep Heat Muscle Rescue Neck & Shoulder Pain Relieving Heat Patch (£4.29 for two; Boots) which contains minerals that heat up when exposed to air. “Providing up to eight hours of drug-free warming pain relief, it helps to ease tense, stiff, aching, painful muscles,” she adds. “Designed for direct application to the skin, it’s odourless, drug-free, shaped for comfort over the neck… Read full this story
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