Neck Pain

A stone in the shoe can be a literal pain in the neck. Neck pain can be the result of an imbalance almost anywhere in the body, from tightness in a muscle distorting the pelvis, to trauma to the shoulder girdle.

The neck is the final point of compensation for the head and the “Frankfurt Horizontal” that controls the eye and ear position in space. The neck is often the site of pain for office workers who spend much of their day working at a computer. However well set up the computer is, long hours with no movement in the thoracic spine (the section of the spine that supports the ribs) will cause the muscles that control the movement of this part of the spine to shorten, thereby reducing spinal mobility. Eventually you will notice that instead of having a spine that moves fluidly with the neck doing the last bit of the movement, you will have a spine where the neck does almost all the movement. As soon as this happens neck pain is likely to follow. The following are particularly likely to get neck pain; Students, particularly as they approach final exams, call centre workers, software developers and graphics designers.

Whilst many neck pains will be relieved by adjustment to the neck and thoracic spine a review of your working environment is essential to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Exercises to increase thoracic spine mobility should be undertaken and frequent breaks with movement will help reduce the pain.

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