Cervical pain and air conditioned
We are in the middle of summer and the most effective remedy we all know to combat the great heat is always the same: turn on the air conditioned. At home, at work, in the car. And the contrast between the heat (and our sweaty bodies) and the cold air can be harmful.
Those who suffer from cervical pain know this very well. And we are talking about a very large number of people. When it is very hot, exposing oneself to air conditioned, especially if one is very hot, accentuates cervical pain, which often manifests itself as very annoying migraines and, in the strongest cases, even dizziness.
After all, the areas most sensitive to temperature changes are the neck and back, and it is here that air conditioned has the greatest negative effects. The neck, especially, when exposed to the cold air jet reacts with a contraction of the muscles. Contraction that soon turns into pain. We are talking about particularly high muscle activity with frequent muscle contractions that we cannot control. Along with the neck, the back is also affected by these temperature changes and the muscles that wrap our spine, contracting, affect our joints and, of course, our posture.
Those who already suffer from cervical pain are more exposed to this accentuation of pain, which usually occurs more regularly at times of the year when the cold and humidity are particularly high, or in summer when we are subjected to these excessive changes.
How to try to limit the problem of air conditioning
On certain days, giving up air conditioned seems really impossible. However, there is something we can do to alleviate the pain or try a little to prevent it. The first step is not to exaggerate with the temperature, not to push it too far down, increasing the temperature range. Alternatively, where possible, it is better to use the dehumidifying function. Of course, we must avoid standing under the jet of air and try not to use it when we are too sweaty. Of course, this is not always possible, but paying attention to all these details can certainly help. The icy cold on the body (especially the neck, if you can protect it with a scarf), together with not always correct postures (many hours at the computer) is not the best for our cervical pain.
What to do to relieve pain
An anti-inflammatory can be used to relieve pain, but the best solution is to spend some time on stretching exercises and undergo massages by professionals. Gentle massages slowly warm the area and avoid further contractions of the cervical muscles. Avoid abrupt movements. In cases of chronic cervical pain, the advice we always give is to consult your doctor for appropriate medication. A physiotherapist will be able to give you additional guidance for targeted exercises to relieve muscle tension. Do-it-yourself is always discouraged. Professionals take care of your health much more effectively, never forget that.