Neck and shoulder pain is very common amongst those who spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer. There is a natural tendency for the head to move towards the computer screen which causes the neck muscles to work harder then they should to hold your head upright.
Then there are the repetitious movements of the upper extremities doing the various tasks associated with working at a desk. It’s these repetitive movements over time that are a primary cause of cumulative trauma disorders (CMD) such as neck, shoulder, and arm pain…even carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are things you can do to avoid CMD such as proper ergonomics, frequent micro-breaks, and plenty of exercise, rest, and proper nutrition (lots of plant foods which are anti-inflammatory). It’s also a good idea to drink lots of water throughout the day.
In the even that you do develop neck, shoulder, or arm pain, you should be aware that there are natural solutions such as chiropractic, physical therapy and massage that are scientifically proven to be very effective. In fact, studies have shown the combination of chiropractic adjustments and low tech exercises that chiropractors teach patients to be the best treatment for neck and shoulder pain.
The last thing you want to do is get caught up in taking over the counter or prescription pain pills which could lead to dependency or side effects and complications…natural is best.
Ice is also a good home remedy as is a cervical neck pillow such as the Tempur-Pedic neck pillow.
If you have developed neck or shoulder pain and would like to find out if you are a candidate for neck and shoulder pain treatment in San Francisco, please call 415-392-2225.