You know that little neck movement you make when you’re about to say “DUH” to someone? Or ever feel like your eyes are about 6 inches from the computer screen and the only way to see the words is to keep moving your head closer? Then after a while of holding that position, you start to get all stiff and sore around your neck? If you know what I’m talking about, you’ve felt the strain this position puts on your neck. This is known as forward head posture and can contribute to neck pain, headaches, pain between the shoulder blades, shoulder pain, and more.
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I think we can all agree that the longer we sit at work, in the classroom, or in front of a TV we tend to find ourselves slouched and slumped over, especially towards the end of the day. We all do it, if someone tells you they never have bad posture, they’re lying! Everyone knows that slouching and poor posture can lead to backaches and pains, but there are other lesser-known consequences that can develop as a result of this. Many of these can be avoided by developing good habits!
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Prolonged use of a computer keyboard, mouse, and/or laptop can lead to nagging muscle aches and pains over time. Along with that, nerves can become compressed and irritated. When that happens, radiating pain may be felt down the arm into the fingers or down the leg into the toes. It’s important to note that these aches and pains don’t suddenly develop overnight. They are the result of sustained postures and positions repeated for weeks, months, or even years!
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With any condition, home care is an important part of the treatment and recovery process. Minor modifications made at work, whether that’s adjusting the height of a monitor, positioning of the keyboard, using a chair with good back support, or getting up to walk a few minutes each hour will also go a long way. In the case of cervicogenic headaches, stretching out the tight muscles and strengthening the weak/underused muscles is the best way to tackle the issue
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Over the years there’s been a rise in desk work-related jobs along with more time spent on cell phones and other mobile devices. Sitting for long periods at a time or frequently looking down at our cell phones can lead to issues in the shoulder, neck, and back as time goes on. One example of this is Tech Neck, which I’m sure you’ve heard of! Most often these issues arise from repetitive postures and positions we develop over months to years rather than something that may have happened yesterday or two days ago.
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If you have ever heard that you are taller in the morning compared to any other time during the day, well it’s actually true. Our spine literally becomes longer. The discs in our spine do not receive blood flow like most other joints in our body. Instead, when we lie down at night, fluid around and in our discs increases and hydration is at its highest first thing in the morning. The increased nutrients to our discs is a good thing, but there is a negative side effect.
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