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Monday morning neck pain at the office

If you have been suffering with Monday morning neck pain, and you're an office worker, the probability is that your head, neck and upper body posture are poor when you spend the best part of your day staring at a computer screen. Sitting at a desk all day and pouring over paper documents can have the same bad effect on your posture.

Most commonly office workers crane their neck forward and allow their shoulders to slump forward, which may be convenient and more comfortable to see your screen and reach your keyboard, but it will over time change the shap of your body giving you an older look with stooping neck and sloping shoulders. This puts unnecessary strain on the posterior neck and shoulder muscles and will eventually lead to muscle spasm, muscle weakness and poor movement of the head and neck due to an unbalanced musculature.

This article talks about the problems of office workers, and some simple exercises that can help neck and shoulder musculature.

This article concentrates on shoulder exercises and does miss some important exercises that are important for better neck musculature which can be seen in the following videos from some other bodywork practitioners. if you follow these exercises (with care on the exercise bending the head backwards) then you should find that tight muscles will respond and start to relax and become more pain free.

 

For further information on this and other related problems call me on 024-7722-0599 and ask for Tom Harper (me) and I will be glad to answer any of your questions about these matters.

Don’t Start 2018 With Back Pain. 5 Simple Tips For Prevention

 

Don't start the 2018 New Year with back pain. Here are some things you can do to prevent it, because, as we all know, prevention is much easier than cure!

  1. First thing every morning, some gentle stretching for the back and for the hamstring muscles. Tight hamstrings can often lead to back problems (Very common in runners and footballers)
  2. Avoid poor posture, both sitting (slumping on a couch or in a car seat, leaning forward at a desk) and when standing (rounded shoulders, standing with most of your weight through one leg)
  3. Do some kind of gentle exercise to strengthen your core muscles (they work back and front) Yoga and Pilates are good examples, so is swimming with proper form.
  4. Take care when lifting even light objects. Many people injure themselves moving shopping from their trolleys into the boot of their cars. Lift correctly, back straight, knees bent, and move your feet to place the object down (don't stretch) know the rules.
  5. Regular gentle exercise such as walking, to keep the joints moving and the blood circulating. Many injuries happen because of poorly perfused (warmed up) muscles and stiff, underused joints.

If you follow these simple rules, you are much less likely to have back pain in the future. You don't have to do it all at once, try to incorporate something new every day, and it is unlikely that you will need my services as an osteopath to correct anything.

If you do require my services, call me on 024-7722-0599 (during office hours) and I will be glad to advise you on the best course of action to alleviate your painful back or other painful joint problem.