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Lets face it – shoulder pain and desk jobs go hand in hand! If you spend several hours a day working on a computer, you may unconsciously find yourself adopting poor postural habits such as hunching over your keyboard. This position is usually a sign that you have a tight chest and a weak upper back.
Over time, this type of bad body posture can contribute to you developing a rounded upper back, a condition called kyphosis, which can cause shoulder pain and upper back stiffness and pain.
In the Physio world we often see this ‘upper-crossed’ pattern of poor posture that you can see in the above picture.
So rather than getting ‘upper-tight’ (and uptight) about it – do some shoulder exercise to correct it! Stretches for the chest and upper trapezius in the upper back & neck will allow your shoulders to come back and be better centred in the joint.
Add some strengthening work for the deep neck flexors and back muscles and…. voila!!!! Better posture and less shoulder pain.
If you do continue to suffer from shoulder pain contact one of our shoulder specialists who are part of the team at Sydney Physio Solutions.