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Relieve Your Neck Pain With These 30-Second Stretches

Relieve Your Neck Pain With These 30-Second Stretches

Looking for a quick neck pain relief? Check out this video by Doctor Jo to solve all your aching neck problems!

Quick Q&A about neck pain relief:

1. What are the common causes of neck pain?

  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Neck Strain
  • Neck Injury like whiplash
  • Herniated Disc
  • Pinched Nerve

2. What are the other possible solutions apart from stretching?

  • Apply Heat or Ice to the affected area – use ice for 48 to 72 hours then apply heat
  • Take pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Sleep on your side or your back and never on your stomach
  • Sleep on a firm mattress without a pillow

3. I have a sore neck when I wake in the morning and a crack sound, what should I do?

The sore neck you experience in the morning could be due to to weak neck muscles and the crack sound might be due to vertebra not being stable. Neck Strengthening exercises like these stretches can help.

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4. If I suffer from cervical dizziness and a balance disorder with neck and back pain, can these neck stretches help me?

Unfortunately, things such are these would require a physical therapist that can specialize in vestibular rehab as some exercises might make it worse.

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5. I “crack” or “pop” my joints in my neck a lot to take away the pain and stiffness that I have been suffering from for years. Is it something I shouldn’t be doing?

“Cracking” or “popping” of joints is common as long as it doesn’t hurt when they “pop”. However, you would want to check your doctor on the constant pain in your neck.

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6. I did the exercises and it felt better. However, my neck seems to be tightening up again. How can I get rid of it for good?

Stick to the exercises and do it for the long term! Before the exercises, try warming up the muscles with warm water or a warm pack.

Featured photo credit: Neck Pain via myobuddy.com

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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