Neck pain caused by computer use can be an increasing condition. Prolonged flexed posture while sitting at a computer could cause upper cervical, lower neck and upper back pain. Headaches and arm or hand pain are symptoms associated with poor posture and computer use.
Many people assume the reason for their neck pain is stress or poor sleeping which may contribute to the condition but most likely are not the reason for discomfort. When seated before a computer, the normal curve of the lumber spine (low back) is reduced which in turn causes the head to jut forward.
The arms are flexed forward and turned inward to type. The upper back begins to hunch as a result of increased pressure and the neck muscles become fatigued and could start to spasm. Because the neck also starts to reduce its natural curve (lordosis) the joints become irritated which in turn causes a sharp local pain.
Usually the body will compensate by activating the muscles opposite of the irritated joint which may contribute to a worsening of the nerve. kt yoga trapeze stand Nerve disruption can cause pain down the arm, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness.
Many people elect to treat the symptoms rather than removing or reducing the cause. Pain killers, massage and various therapies will reduce the pain but this leaves the structures susceptible to injury and degeneration.
Over time, the constant stress on these joints will result in arthritic conditions such as for example osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease and degenerative disk disease. Muscle weakness and nerve disorders will affect performance and pain will increase. Frequent stretching of the pectoral muscles during prolonged computer use is essential.
The pect muscles cause the arms to flex forward and internally rotate. As time passes these muscles become shortened which leads to the rolled shoulder appearance. Due to this fact the muscles in the upper back become worn down and irritated. To stretch the pect muscles simply become if you are hitchhiking by pulling your arms back with thumbs pointed up and back.
When stretching a muscles always do the contrary action of what the muscle does when it shortens. In this instance the pect muscles internally rotate and flex the arm, which means you should externally rotate and extend the arm backwards.