A common condition seen amongst office workers due to the prolonged positions maintained at the desk. It presents as a burning or aching pain across the shoulders and neck and is commonly associated with headache. More severe cases can include symptoms into the arms and hands.
How Postural Neck Pain Happens
Prolonged poor postures with the chin poked forward, rounded back and shoulders increases the tension on the muscles and causes the joints to stiffen resulting in pain. Imagine your head being a bowling ball on a stick. Now imagine the force through the stick as you slowly tilt the stick forward to look at a computer screen.
What Burnie Physiotherapy Can Do To Treat Postural Neck Pain
- Soft tissue massage to release muscle tension around the neck and shoulders
- Joint mobilisations to loosen stiff joints and enable better postural alignment when sitting
- Specific exercises to stretch tight muscles, loosen stiff joints and strengthen the postural stabilisers. The postural stabilisers are the muscles responsible for holding you upright in a good posture
- Postural Correction: This involves teaching you how you should be sitting. Sometimes your therapist will use tape to cue your muscles to hold you in a better posture
- Ergonomic assessment: Your therapist can provide you with an information pack that teaches you how to set up your workstation. It may involve you taking a photo of yourself at your workstation. We may even come to your workplace to help you set up your workstation. This includes computer monitor height, desk height and more
Suitable Products for Postural Neck Pain
- Posture Pro: In our opinion the best tool on the market for mobilizing thoracic spines
- Lumbar roll: Stabilizes the lumbar spine which has a positive effect up through both the thoracic spine (upper back) and cervical spine (neck)