Top 3 Things About Neck Pain Everyone Should Know
Long hours at a desk, looking down at a phone or tablet, curled up on the sofa watching TV, sleeping with the wrong or too many pillows; are all routine activities we don’t think twice about. For many of us, poor posture is making our necks hurt, not whiplash or trauma.
Poor posture starts with the head not being in the proper position and unfortunately, the lifestyles we lead mean our heads are often NOT in the best spots. If your head is tilted forward for long periods of time, it forces the neck’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments to work harder. A new condition called “text neck” (it’s OK to chuckle) is becoming more common in those that spend hours looking down at their phones texting. If the neck and spine alignment is off, the neck can be prone to injury and accelerated wear and tear (degeneration).
The following muscles are usually the ones that cause tightness and pain as a result of a tilted forward head position:
Scalene muscles (three pairs of muscles that help rotate the neck)
Sub-occipital muscles (four pairs of muscles used to rotate the head)
Pectoralis minor muscles (a pair of thin triangular muscles at the upper part of the chest) Subscapularis muscles (a pair of large triangular muscles near each shoulder joint)
Levator scapulae muscles (a pair of muscles located at the back and side of the neck)
(How Poor Posture Causes Neck Pain by Gavin Morrison, PT)
There are a number of steps you can take to correct your posture like adjusting your computer monitor, getting up and walking around for every 30 minutes of sitting, and buying a supportive neck pillow. There are also simple exercises you can do at home or the office that will help to ease the pain and start adjusting your posture.
Counteract the modern lifestyle and stop accepting neck pain as a foregone conclusion.
Talk to your chiropractor about your neck–what you feel, where you feel it and which exercises would benefit you. He or she has a number of ways to relieve tight muscles, realign the neck spine and help you correct your posture.
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