In this post, we will talk about some of the triggers of neck pain, and some of the things that we can do to help! Neck pain is a fairly broad classification of pain. In a typical clinical setting, we consider neck pain to be anything from the shoulders up to the base of the skull. While the shoulder is somewhat of a grey area, the muscles of the upper shoulder attach to the neck and can have a huge impact on the function of the cervical spine (neck). Within the classification of neck pain, there are several different tissues that can generate pain. The big three are typically going to be muscular, joint, or the disc/ligaments. All three of these issues present differently and respond to different types of treatment so for the best results always seek the advice of a physician.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Neck pain can stem from a variety of different causes. Some of them might be obvious such as a car accident with overt whiplash, but most of the time it stems from something less apparent. An example that I see a lot of in my practice is pain caused by a desk job. By sitting at a desk for 6-8 hours a day we put a huge postural strain on our bodies and specifically our neck. Without the movement that our body craves throughout the day several negative things happen. Our muscles tighten up, our joints become stiff, and our posture gets worse as the day progresses. With all of these factors, it’s a wonder we do not hurt more!
Now, what are some things that we can do to help mitigate these negative reactions to sitting? First off is get up and move around! This can seem like a small detail but every 20-30 minutes stand up stretch a little bit and walk a lap around the office. This will not only help your muscles loosen up but it will help you be more mentally focused for the rest of the day.
Second, do proper exercises to counteract the negative effects on our musculoskeletal system. In our previous blog post, you can find some good exercises to help counteract the effects of sitting, they can be found here.
Third, if the pain is significant or it seems like it will not go away, then contact a professional! At Active Life, we love getting people feeling better and moving towards an active life. If you ever have any questions we offer a free consultation or Call Today (573) 250-7427!