Neck Pain Solutions 1

Darren runs through some of the common issues we see in clients with neck, shoulder and back pain, especially while working from home.

Starting with some of the causes and contributors to neck pain, sometimes referred to as ‘desk neck’, we see that lifestyle factors can have a huge impact on symptoms. Sedentary behaviour, or prolonged periods of inactivity can be highly provocative for this type of pain.

While posture is often blamed for the development of symptoms, it has less to do with neck pain than we’d expect. In fact, high quality research has suggested there is no link between posture and pain, but that it is more indicative of mood state and physical activity levels (1).

Neck and shoulder pain, as well as head aches and mid back pain, are often a symptom of a high stress work environment. (2) Breaking this pattern of behaviour with periods of exercise is crucial to living a pain free life. Get up, get moving and avoid sustained postures.

In the next series of videos we’ll look at some of the movements we use to get your neck and shoulders mobile, as well as easing pain and dysfunction.

Karen V. Richards, Darren J. Beales, Anne J. Smith, Peter B. O’Sullivan, Leon M. Straker, Neck Posture Clusters and Their Association With Biopsychosocial Factors and Neck Pain in Australian Adolescents, Physical Therapy, Volume 96, Issue 10, 1 October 2016, Pages 1576–1587, https://doi.org/10.2522/ptj.20150660

Schell, E., Theorell, T., Hasson, D., Arnetz, B., & Saraste, H. (2008). Stress biomarkers’ associations to pain in the neck, shoulder and back in healthy media workers: 12-month prospective follow-up. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society17(3), 393–405. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-007-0554-0