While neck pain can have many causes including sleeping positions, sudden movements and even viral infections, the most common condition that contributes to neck pain from posture is forward head and shoulder positioning.
Forward head posture is when the neck slants forward, placing the head in front of the shoulders. This posture, which can look like a turtle peeking out of its shell, can have several effects on the neck. It can:
- Put stress on the vertebrae causing degenerative neck problems.
- Cause the muscles of the upper back to continually overwork as they try to pull the head back.
- Often be accompanied by forward shoulders and a rounded upper back, which not only contributes to the neck problem, but can also cause shoulder pain.
Most people, adults and children alike, are susceptible to neck pain when spending time looking at a screen.
Long-Term Negative Effects of Poor Posture
Prolonged forward head posture eventually irritates the small facet joints in the neck, as well as the ligaments and soft tissues. This irritation may cause:
- Trigger points in the muscles, which are areas of severe tenderness that are painful to touch, along with limited range of motion.
- Disc degeneration problems.
Neck pain can be reduced with a few lifestyle adjustments:
- Using ergonomic chairs.
- Practicing good posture when you are sitting or standing.
- Use phones or tablets sparingly.
Your neck will thank you!