How Your Poor Posture at the Office Could Be Contributing to Your Neck Pain

Poor Posture neck pain

In an average workweek, research shows, people spend an average of 5 hours, 41 minutes sitting at a desk daily. If you relate to this, you should know that your sitting posture can impact your health and well-being, possibly leading to neck pain and related issues.

If you’re experiencing neck pain, contact Pro Rehab to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Sheehan. Read on to learn how your posture can cause or worsen such pain, plus tips for turning things around.

Hyperextension and hyperflexion

When you’re slumped over at your desk, your upper spine hyperextends while your brain works to keep your head up and looking at your computer. Meanwhile, your lower spine hyperflexes as the vertebrae in your spine tilt forward. This combination of events lengthens the distance between the spinal canal and the base of your skull, potentially causing your spinal cord and surrounding nerve roots to stretch.

Hunched upper back

When your back is hunched toward your desk or computer, the forward head posture that results is probably accompanied with a rounded upper back and overly forward-positioned shoulders. This curvature can fuel pain in your shoulders, neck, and upper back area.

Muscle overuse

When you’re sitting at the office with poor posture for extended time periods, muscles in your upper back and neck have to overwork continually to offset the gravitational pull caused by your head being poised forward. This raises your risk for muscle spasms and strains, which can be quite painful.

Stress on your cervical spine

When your head is positioned forward instead of over your neck, your cervical spine has to support more weight. For every inch that your head is braced forward in poor posture, an estimated 10 added pounds of weight is felt on your cervical spine. If your head is average weight, or 10-12 pounds, and sits merely an inch or two forward, the heft on your spine can be doubled or tripled.

Managing neck pain

If you’re experiencing significant or lasting neck pain due to poor posture, consider a visit to Dr. Sheehan at Pro Rehab. He can help you address ongoing pain and guide you toward better habits.

To prevent neck pain to begin with or keep the symptoms from flaring up, aim for a neutral, upright spine position that’s not flexed too far backward or forward. Doing so can bring a range of benefits, including:

Learn more by contacting our office or booking a consultation online with Dr. James Sheehan at Pro Rehab.

Dr. James Sheehan Dr. James Sheehan is an expert in the treatment of neck and back pain.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Habits That Can Help Reduce Back Pain

Are you among the millions of Americans who suffer from regular back pain? Whether the root cause is age, injury, or something else, you just want the pain to stop. Here are some things you can do to make it happen.

Low Back and Leg Pain – Is it Sciatica?

Low back pain (LBP) can be localized and contained to only the low back area or it can radiate pain down the leg. This distinction is important as the former, LBP only, is often less complicated and carries a more favorable prognosis for complete recovery.

Physical Activity and Low Back Pain

It’s common for individuals with low back pain to avoid any movement they feel may worsen their condition. Over time, this behavior can lead to deconditioned back muscles, setting the stage for either prolonged back pain or later recurrence. That’s one...

Whiplash – What Can I Expect?

Whiplash, or “Whiplash Associated Disorders” or WAD, is the result of a sudden “crack the whip” of the head on the neck due to a slip and fall, sports injury, a violent act, or most commonly, a motor vehicle collision (MVC), particularly a rear-end...

Low Back Pain Treatment Goals

Low back pain (LBP) has been a challenge to treat for centuries and evidence exists that back pain has been a concern since the origins of man. Pro Rehab Chiropractic offers one of the most patient satisfying and fastest treatment approaches available.