Now that a lot of us are working from home, you may find that you are getting a sore or tight neck or upper back and shoulders. This is very common for people that spend long periods of time sitting down in one position.
Another thing to note, is your work station. Are you now using your dining table as a desk or are you sitting on the couch and using your coffee table? This will also play a role in developing neck pain and stiffness.
The body has an ideal alignment for almost every joint that provides the most stability and allows for the best efficiency for movement in that position. When the spine is in it’s optimum position it allows for free movement of the nerves that supply the trunk, arms and face.
The human body is highly adaptable and will of course continue to function when a posture is not “perfect” however, energy is wasted and undue stress is then placed on muscles, joints and ligaments. Over time, this can lead to pain, tightness and even stiffness affecting how much you can move your neck.
Now, we don’t need to be constantly sitting up straight in these ‘optimum’ postures. It is more important to keep moving and not be in the same position for long periods. No matter how ideal a posture is, when joints are held in the same one position for long periods, this can lead to less ideal symptoms presenting.
So, what should you take away from this? Working with a great base posture combined with regular movement and stretches can have a positive impact on your overall well being. So keep moving!
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