Neck Pain

Neck

Technology and modern society has resulted in an increase in the incidence of neck pain. Phones and computers have allowed us to accomplish a lot, but are literally shaping us to view a screen for hours a day. Up until recently we were required to scan our environment for resources on a daily basis and had no reason to look down. When our heads move forward just a few degrees the stress on the neck muscles increases exponentially to keep our heads upright. We’ve designed an environment where everything that is of interest is directly in front of us leading to a lack of neck mobility. Not getting enough sleep also contributes to neck pain as the deep neck stabilizers get fatigued and are unable to support the head. This often leads to the upper trap muscles becoming tight and over worked, particularly if you experience higher levels of stress. Maintaining a full functioning head and neck requires postural awareness, mobility, and activation of the appropriate stabilizing muscles.

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