Have you ever wondered what is Postural Neck Pain?

A common condition seen amongst office workers due to the prolonged positions maintained at the desk. It presents as a burning or aching pain across the shoulders and neck and is commonly associated with headache. More severe cases can include symptoms into the arms and hands.

How Does Postural Neck Pain Occur?

Prolonged poor postures with the chin poked forward, rounded back and shoulders  increases the tension on the muscles and causes the joints to stiffen resulting in pain. Imagine your head being a bowling ball on a stick. Now imagine the force through the stick as you slowly tilt the stick forward to look at a computer screen.

What PPASIC can do to treat Postural Neck Pain

  • Soft Tissue Massage: To release muscle tension around the neck and shoulders
  • Joint Mobilisation: To loosen stiff joints and enable better postural alignment when sitting
  • Specific Exercises: To stretch tight muscles, loosen stiff joints and strengthen the postural stablilisers. The postural stabilisers are the muscles responsible for holding you upright in a good posture.
  • Postural Correction: This involves teaching you how you should be sitting. Sometimes your therapist will use tape to cue your muscles to hold you in a better posture.

Suitable Products for Postural Neck Pain

  • Lumbar Role: Stabilises the lumbar spine which has a positive effect up through both the thoracic spine (upper back) and cervical spine (neck).
  • Swiss Ball: Improves your posture and strengthens core muscle as you are sitting on a wobbly surface.
  • Wobble Cushion: The same principle as a Swiss Ball but easier to carry to the office!