Many office workers are no strangers to neck and upper back pain. Ever wondered why? Or how to treat or prevent it?
Most of the time, office workers’ neck or upper back pain is as a result of ongoing joint stiffness and muscle tightness, rather than an acute onset injury. Muscles feel tight when they are put through too much load over a period of time, or when they are held in a shortened position for a sustained period of time. Similarly, joints tend to feel stiff when they’re placed under too much load over time, or held in a sustained end range position.
As an office worker, it’s certainly easy to spend a prolonged period of time in one position. So it’s important to limit this as much as possible, and to make sure that this position is a comfortable one and that not too much load is placed through the shoulder and neck muscles.
We also know that being generally fit and active, and managing your work and life stress helps to reduce your risk of developing neck and upper back pain. So make sure you’re getting plenty of general exercise, and that it’s exercise you enjoy.
Neck and upper back pain is also very common in people with work involving prolonged or repeated movements with their arms out in front. For example, hairdressers, electricians, nightfillers etc.
For people in these professions, your neck and shoulders will be placed under less load, the more you can perform these tasks with your elbows close to you. This won’t always be possible, but trying to be as close to the task as possible should mean you don’t need to reach as far, and therefore don’t need to put as much load through your neck and shoulders.
If you are suffering from neck or upper back pain, hands on treatment from a physio can help to relieve pain and feelings of joint stiffness or muscle tightness. Exercises to strengthen specific muscles around your neck and shoulders that might be weak can also help to make the neck and shoulder more capable of dealing with load.
Need help dealing with neck or upper back pain? Contact our physiotherapist in Aubin Grove today!
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