Problems of the neck, shoulder, arm and hand are prevalent in the workplace.
This is contributed to by spending long hours at a desk, poor posture habits and high stress.
⇒ Joint problems in the neck and upper back
⇒ Muscle tension or spasm in the shoulder and neck
⇒ Joint problems in the elbows and wrists
⇒ Nerve irritation
Why does it hurt?
The joints and muscles of your upper back, neck and shoulders are responsible for your postural support, balance, shock absorption and coordination of movement. Problems occur with injuries, poor posture habits, sedentary work and repetitive strains. This fatigues and damages these important structures.
These factors will result in you experiencing pain:
Chiropractors have a high rate of success with decreasing both the intensity and frequency of headaches and migraines by using gentle adjustment techniques. A study by the Australian Federal Government showed there was a significantly higher satisfaction rate (three out of four people) from their Chiropractor’s care than by any other health practitioner.
It’s time to see your Chiropractor!
Can stress affect my neck?
YES! Scientists are discovering unique connections between the upper neck and the emotional control centres in the brain. This may explain the common sayings— ‘it’s a pain in the neck’ and ‘I could feel my neck tighten’ when we experience stressful situations. Neck injuries can take a lot longer healing time if we are stressed
Did you know? Nerve irritation in your neck can refer pain to your
Face, eyes, sinuses & ears
Teeth and jaw
shoulders & chest
How does my posture affect my well-being?
Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity; this reduces wear and tear on joints and relieves stress, improving your physical health and enhancing your appearance. Straightening your back, lifting your chest, rolling your shoulders back and rotating your pelvis so that your stomach and butt are tucked in will help improve your posture. When sitting, imagine your spine is a series of cogs that work together:
What exercises can I do?
Here are some stretches to improve your posture and help reduce pain.
Ensure you move through each stretch gradually, moving you from pain relief towards increased flexibility and then strength.
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