Neck pain and poor posture often go hand in hand. A hunched forward position in which the head is forward, shoulder blades set far apart, and upper back rounded increases the strain on the muscles. Specifically, the muscles in the back of the neck strain as they attempt to keep a horizontal gaze. Overuse of these muscles can lead to tightening and spasm and ultimately to increased neck pain and loss of function.
Who Experiences Posture Pain?
Some professions experience greater pain as a result of their job function than others. Those who sit for extended periods of time, such as those in advertising, banking or IT may experience issues as a result of sitting. Those who have labor components to their job may experience strain as a direct result of lifting heavy things all day. And we often see issues with those working in customer service or hospitality as a result of standing on a hard surface all day.
It’s becoming increasingly common to see patients who have neck pain that is a direct result of using a mobile device for extended periods of time. Taking breaks and holding the device at eye-level can alleviate this discomfort. If a more serious issue has already developed, a physical therapist can help.
How Can You Decrease Posture Pain?
Physical therapists can assist patients suffering from posturally-induced neck pain through a number of techniques.
- Exercises designed to strengthen the musculature around the neck, especially the deepest layer of muscles on the front of the neck, can provide greater support to the spine.
- Stretching exercises to increase the length of shortened muscles, especially over the front of the chest.
- Strengthening exercises for potentially weak muscles surrounding the mid-back and shoulder blade region can help to bring the trunk into a more upright position and decrease neck strain.
- Modalities to help control pain such as ice, heat, massage and electrical stimulation can be employed as well.
- Finally, instruction in ergonomic improvement and body mechanics awareness can help prevent the reoccurrence of pain and injury.
Download our “9 Simple Tips to End Neck Pain” eBook for information on what you can do at home to relieve this pain.
Dynamic Physical Therapy | Physical Therapy in Morgantown, WV
If you or a family member requires physical therapy, including rehabilitation for neck pain, please call Dynamic Physical Therapy at 304-255-0910. We utilize a combination of hands-on techniques with therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered environment to truly generate health in motion.
You can also schedule a free screening appointment with a physical therapist at Dynamic.
- Review History of Low Back Pain and Sciatica, Shoulder, Knee or Neck Pain
- Assess reflexes, strength and low back mobility
- Determine what is causing pain
- Develop plan to move better, feel better, live better