Prolonged sitting at a desk or computer terminal can cause muscle tension and pain. Most of the time this pain is your muslces crying out for a break. Remember your head weighs about 10 pounds (the same weight as a bowling ball). Imagine holding a bowling ball for 8 hours. Get the picture? The best way to prevent this problem is by giving your muscles the frequent break that they deserve.
Taking 1 to 3 minutes every hour to perform some simple stretches can make a big difference. We have provided some sample stretches that can be placed by your computer as a reminder. Try performing one or two or all of these stretches every hour depending on time. If any of the stretches increase your pain eliminate them from the list.
If your pain persists even after trying this regimen you may need a more thorough evaluation and treatment. Contact Belmar Physical Therapy to find out how we can help you eliminate your neck pain.