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Overhead activity and neck pain

Changing a light bulb, painting a ceiling, or even gazing at the stars in the night sky can invite neck strain and injury, particularly if you are reaching, twisting, or standing at an awkward angle. Use a ladder or scaffolding, and move it often in order to stay as close to your work as possible. Alternate overhead work with stretch breaks or tasks that require a different position and motion. …

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