In today’s working professionals, the time spent sitting adds up to a huge portion of their day. Unfortunately what seems to be coinciding with this long period of sitting is neck pain.
Everyone hears about posture and how to have good posture but here’s the reality of what happens when your chin and head stick forward
The head is very heavy—anywhere from 3-5kg. If it sits in the correct position atop the cervical spine you are holding up the actual weight of the head when standing. The common wisdom holds that for every inch that your head moves forward of the spine it adds an extra 3-4kg of weight for your neck to hold up.
This is sustainable for a time but your muscles will eventually fatigue. They are overworked and therefore start to feel constantly tight, specifically in your upper trapezius and Levator scapulae.
Massage and stretching can reduced symptoms temporarily but why not do what we were designed to do and pull your chin in.
If you suffer from neck or back pain why not contact the team at Sydney Physiotherapy Solutions to make an appointment at either of our Sydney CBD physiotherapy clinics or at our recently opened Chatswood Physiotherapy clinic.