Can Exercise Help Prevent Neck Pain?

Neck pain can be a huge burden on society and the healthcare system. Often, it is a result of poor posture, awkward sleeping positions, tense muscles, office jobs, looking down at technology, or a physical injury. Due to the high number of individuals who struggle with neck pain, and the low amount of information available on preventing neck pain, a systematic review was conducted by several physiologists to try and gain insight into whether or not exercise can help prevent neck pain.

During their research, they found that strength and resistance exercise, stretching, motor control, and general physical activity are crucial in reducing the risk of a new episode of neck pain. The study also found that exercising in various forms and combinations is another great way to reduce neck pain.

Despite these findings, there have been no results that show a particular type of physical exercise prevents neck pain. This technically means you can complete your favourite type of physical exercise as a preventative! The value of exercise or physical activity in general has been established as an effective way to treat neck pain, regardless of the underlying course.

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Reference Paper: Teichert, F. et al. (2023) ‘Effectiveness of exercise interventions for preventing neck pain: A systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials’, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 53(10), pp. 594–609. doi:10.2519/jospt.2023.12063.