One of the most common complaints that we get from patients here in Kailua is neck pain. “Neck pain” to a physical therapist means many different things. It could mean that you are experiencing pain anywhere from the base of your neck and up (headaches) to pain in the upper shoulders and traps. Because neck pain can be stemmed from a thousand different things, our chiropractors and PT’s check with you to see if your pain is coming from one of the following activities.
Desk Job: Having a desk job is one of the biggest causes of neck pain and chronic pain in general. There isn’t much worse for your body than being sedentary for over 8 hours of your day. Not only are you probably not in the best office chair/environment, but you also are probably suffering from poor desk posture.
How to fix it: If possible, get a stand-up desk, this will do wonders for your posture. If you can’t, start with making sure that your computer screen is raised up off your desk, so that you are never looking down at the screen. Work on your typing until you are proficient enough to not look down at your keyboard while typing, this puts a lot of extra weight on your neck. Get a good office chair that has back support and arm support so that you’re not slouching at work.
Reading: Whether this is reading a book, or the morning paper, reading can cause quite the strain on your neck. By looking down at a book, often in not ideal seating, you’re asking for a neck ache. One of the first questions we ask you as a new patient is how long you can read without feeling some sort of neck or back pain.
How to fix it: Try and take stretch breaks in between chapters, and adjust the way you are sitting. Invest in a “reading chair” with a high back and neck support so that you’re not straining to read each page. Invest in a stand to hold your books at eye level to avoid straining as well!
Text-Neck: One of the most common conditions present day, is “text-neck” which is a condition where the spine has an opposite curve due to the weight and pressure put on the neck when texting, or looking down at your phone in general. This is leading to degeneration in discs in the neck in people as young as 18 due to prolonged cellphone use. For more information on how to fix this, read our blog here!
Just a few minor fixes to your daily routine could be a game changer for your chronic neck pain. Here at OSR in Kailua we offer physical therapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy to help cure your pain from the root of the problem. If you or someone you know is suffering from neck pain, give us a call today to set up your complimentary consultation at 488-5555!