Poor Posture and Neck Pain
Have you been experiencing pain or discomfort in your neck, but can’t pinpoint a reason for it? In many cases, this could be due to having poor posture. A variety of factors could have a negative effect on your posture. It can be due to injury, disease, or even genetics; but the longer you go without making changes, the more harm can be done. Having poor posture can affect the way you carry the weight of your head. It may increase the amount of stress on your cervical spine, causing you to suffer from chronic neck pain. While there are ways you can work on relieving this pain on your own, working with a physical therapist can make this process easier. Luckily, Farmingdale Physical Therapy East offers direct access to physical therapy in Farmingdale as well as rehabilitation services to help patients live pain-free.
Neck pain is common and can be experienced occasionally due to poor posture or overuse. While a majority of cases aren’t too dangerous, it does impose an inconvenience and uncomfortable feeling on a day to day basis. If neck pain begins to become an everyday occurrence or bringing on other symptoms, it’s probably due to muscle tension and strain. Several different activities or behaviors can cause pain or stiffness in your neck.
Causes of Poor Posture:
Putting effort into fixing your posture could go a long way. Not only will you notice a difference visually, but you’ll also feel it. But before you take action, you need to realize what behaviors or activities are affecting your posture. Below we’ve listed some common causes of poor posture:
Sitting or working at a computer for long periods.
Carrying a heavy backpack or purse
Talking on the phone or texting often
Choice of shoes
How do I treat it?
Taking action into your own hands is one way to treat your neck pain. While medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Tylenol can be a simple fix, you may want to go a step further. You could start by adjusting your workspace or taking not to the way your walking to help correct your poor posture. You could also focus on sitting up properly throughout the day. If none of these things are working though, it may be time to seek out medical attention. Visiting a physical therapist can help guide you through exercises that’ll help stretch out your neck and relieve tension.
Contact Farmingdale PT East for more information on direct access physical therapy in Farmingdale, as well as how you can make an appointment today!