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Belay Glasses For Neck Pain Climbing

So, you are at the climbing wall and it’s your turn to belay. You’re making sure you are keeping the tension on the climbing rope and looking up to check your partner is safe during their climb.

How do you feel though after a session at the wall?

Do you have any aches and pains?

Are there times when belaying that you just want to look away to relieve the tension building in your neck?

Do you need a rest from belaying after a climb or two; to move your head and neck around a release the tension there?

Belaying is an essential safety aspect to climbing. In order to be safe when belaying you are forced to put your neck in an unnatural position to keep an eye on your climbing partner. This repetitive neck extension (looking upwards) can lead to:

  • Muscle spasm and dysfunction
  • Irritation of the joints in your neck (facet joint irritation)
  • Sprain/strain injuries in your neck, shoulders and upper back
  • Headaches
  • Migraines.

Ultimately pain.

If you enjoy climbing regularly, this continual neck extension during belaying can lead to more serious conditions such as postural syndrome, degenerative joint and/or disc disease, nerve impingement, pins and needles, tingling, numbness or weakness in your arms and upper body. If you suffer with conditions such as vertigo this can be exacerbated.


Wearing Belay glasses avoids the need to hold your head and neck in this position. Regular use of belay glasses could ultimately avoid neck and shoulder problems. These specially-designed Belay Glasses have a rather funky Prism lens so that you can keep your head and neck aligned whilst still see up the wall. It turns your vision through 90 degrees. You quickly get used to the image in front of your eyes. And the relief to your neck is well worth it.

Belay Glasses allow you to stay safe when belaying. You are able to keep an eye on the climber without pain in your neck, shoulder or upper back. Because your head and neck can stay in a better position, you can focus better during your partners climb too. And if you already wear glasses, don’t worry – the Y&Y Belay glasses have flexible arms so they fit over normal glasses. Y&Y also make Clip Up Belay Glasses, which simply clip onto whatever glasses you are wearing. So, also handy if you climb outdoors and wear sunglasses.

We first came across belay glasses after having some indoor climbing lessons. As they helped to resolve neck and shoulder pain from belaying we just had to stock them. We believe they have far-reaching benefits than just when climbing they could help reduce pain and strain associated with many activities that involve looking up for sustained periods of time. So, here is our review on belay glasses





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