I followed your tips and they have helped me a lot in reducing my neck pains.

  • I appreciate that you mention to take a break every 30-40 minutes. I can see why this would allow your muscles to stretch out and not become tight. I found it useful to have an alarm go off when I am working on a big project. If I don’t have that alarm, then I tend to forget to take those breaks and work for hours on end.

    1. Yes Scott, definitely the alarm is a great idea. Another idea is to break it down into 25minute chunks, set the alarm, take a 5 minute break and then do another 25 minutes but on a different task/subject/project. Helps to stay sharp and productive.

  • Thank you for the ways of avoiding back pain . I will keep them in mind while sitting to study the next time.

  • I have severe neck pain only after 15 minutesof studying. It become severe when i am writing anything. I am a physics student I have to write notes and solve numerical problems. How to manage this. Please help

    1. I would definitely recommend that you get your back checked by a chiropractor as soon as possible. 15 minutes is a very short time for you to be sitting before the pain comes on. In the meantime, I would recommend you change position regularly while you are studying. Go from sitting to standing and maybe look to setup or invest in a standing desk that would reduce the amount of time you need to sit while you study.

  • Hie Ben. I have neck pains that often lead to involuntary nodding and headaches while studying or taking exams. Sometimes it gets so bad I feel as though I’m functioning at half my original mental capacity. What would be your advice on such a case sir?

    1. Hi Baz,
      Neck pain and headaches are a very common occurrence especially with people who spend prolonged periods of time sitting at a desk. While studying, we have a tendency to hunch forwards which causes a large increase in pressure at the base of our neck and across our shoulders. I would suggest that you need to start becoming more aware of your posture while sitting and also take regular rest breaks. Every 45 minutes you should stand up, walk around and do a number of stretches to try to loosen out your neck. I would also highly recommend that you get your spine checked by a qualified chiropractor to see if there are any underlying issues that need to be resolved.

  • Really nice, helpful and easy to implement tips. Will definitely put them into account while studying!

  • I get neck and shoulder pain after only 15 minutes of studying and it get worse after awhile i m so stressed out right now what can i do to get rid of it? plz help me

    1. Hi Eman, make sure you reset your posture regularly so that you keep sitting up straight. Take regular breaks. Consider getting a massage or a full consultation with a chiropractor in your area.

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