A Neck helper is a solution to provide support to your neck and spinal cord. This is ideal to be used for neck surgeries, neck injuries, and some types of neck pains. A Neck Helper has been designed to keep a check on the movement of your neck and is usually recommended by the physiotherapists after neck or spinal surgeries and in some instances of neck pain. By using a neck helper in such cases one can prevent further damage to the neck and spine by reducing neck movement.
A Neck helper is usually prescribed in case of moderate neck pains. These are not very effective in chronic pains but can work well in mild cases. For chronic neck injuries, hard neck helpers are prescribed. Hard neck helpers are designed using plastic or plexiglass and are effective in limiting head rotation far more than soft neck helpers. They also let neck muscles relax. A hard neck helper can also work as a back support brace and is prescribed usually in case of spinal fractures, chronic neck pain, and trauma injuries.
Tips for Using Neck Helper
When a physiotherapist prescribes a neck helper, he/she provides instructions on the usage of this and safety tips to keep in mind. Let’s discuss a few important tips for using these neck helpers.
Avoid sitting too much. Make sure you do not spend more time in a sitting or resting position as this may cause your neck muscles to become stiffer. A gentle movement such as walking can prevent this stiffness.
Good posture is important. Make sure to focus on your posture as well. You must keep your head, back, and neck straight while your ears are aligned over your shoulders.
Avoid low and soft chairs. The soft and low chair can impact your posture and thus this can lead to extra pressure on your neck.
Avoid carrying heavy weights. Any high-impact movements such as running or carrying heavy weights can worsen the condition of your neck and back. Therefore these must be avoided.
Use neck helper maximum time. You must use your neck helper all the time except when you clean it or when your physiotherapist has told you to put it off.
Put the neck helper to a comfortable fit. A loose neck helper will not be able to limit the movement of your neck and thus will not be much effective. A tightly fit neck helper is necessary to use but along with this, it should also be comfortable for the neck.
Sleep on your back. You should sleep on your back and use a thin pillow so that there is no extra pressure on your neck.
These are some useful tips for using a neck helper. Keep these in mind and you will get effective results with your neck helper.