Neck pain is common for people of all ages and can be acute or chronic. Acute meaning that it only lasts for a short period of time while chronic can last for several weeks or longer. There are several factors that can cause neck pain and most of which are not serious. A couple of these factors could be poor posture, stress, or even a poor sleeping position. But some factors can be serious such as spinal issues, motor vehicle accidents, or injuries from contact sports and may require surgery. Remember, while at work, try to refrain from hunching over into your computer. This is one of the leading causes of neck pain.
Treatment for neck pain is somewhat simple and can be done by yourself. A few options are: rest, medication, therapeutic massage, alternating between a heating pad and ice, gentle stretching, and neck exercises. If neck pain persists, contact a physician for more treatment options.
Here are a few assisted stretches you can do to help hinder the pain. I also added a cable shrug to strengthen the neck region (traps).
See Matt’s series on simple ways to alleviate common muscular pain and fitness injuries.