Neck pain and posture
In today’s environment we often spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer. Pain and stiffness in the neck, upper back and shoulders is a common result. We don’t realise it before the pain starts that the neck has moved forward, tensing the muscles and joints.
Try tucking the chin by moving the head back just a little bit. This will ease the tension in the neck muscles behind the head. You will also see your chest move forward and your shoulder blades back. Just like that your posture will have improved tremendously.
Of course it is hard to maintain this kind of posture, especially if your job consists of sitting in front of the computer all day. These simple stretches can help:
- Tuck your chin in by moving your head back a little bit like previously, and then push down on your head while trying to keep your chin tucked. Hold for 5 deep breaths. This will stretch the upper neck muscles.
- Next stretch move your head to the side, you can use your hand if you want. Hold for 5 deep breaths, repeat on the other side. This will stretch the side of your neck.
- Finally move your head down and to the side, again you can use your hand to help. Hold for 5 deep breaths and repeat on the other side. This will stretch the muscles going behind your ear to the shoulder blade.
- You should only feel a comfortable stretch, no pain.
- And remember to get up from your desk regularly and move around.
If you would like to know more about how chiropractic treatment can help your neck pain please call today or come in and make an appointment.