Working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic may be putting a strain on your well-being and physical health, and especially so for those who already suffer from shoulder, neck or back pain. Yes, that is correct: Remote work environments are prone to increase strain on our bodies due to improper work equipment such as an ergonomic keyboard, table, counter, and chair. We are so often using hand-held technological apparatus such as tablets, phones, game systems, and computers, that our bodies are evolving into forward heads with rounded shoulders. This is not limited only to the young, either, as the elderly are also experiencing these physical changes. Backaches, shoulder and neck pain become worse when employees must slouch on home sofas or have to hunch over laptops and the like.
Our consciousness is rarely aware of the great importance of a healthy posture. The chance of injury is greatly reduced when you enjoy strong back, shoulder and neck muscles. In order to maintain the strengthening of these muscles, it is so very vital to properly stretch them – the upper back, shoulder & neck muscles.
The following are a few tips that help you reduce the risk of injury by keeping a healthy posture:
On a daily basis you must regularly stretch your back, shoulders & neck. The great thing is that it is quick & easy to make stretches for a bad back or shoulder & neck pain part of your routine schedule and they make such a huge difference in your everyday posture, strength, and health in the long-term.
To reduce the risk for injury and help treat an existing sore upper back and shoulder & neck pain, perform the following six stretches.
Use these stretches to help strengthen these important muscles and maintain a healthy posture.
***Perform these 6 stretches 1-2 times per day
***Hold each stretch for 5-10 seconds
***Repeat each stretch 5-10 times
Breathing is essential whenever you exercise and stretch, and there is no exception when you’re stretching your shoulder, neck, and back. You gain the most from these stretches for shoulder, neck, and back pain when you breathe properly. The same breathing rule used when exercising is applicable: you inhale as you exert and exhale as you relax.
Please do not lose hope and let pain get in the way of your physical health and daily activities if these simple shoulder and neck pain exercises are not working for you.
If these simple stretches for shoulder & neck pain or upper backaches are not reducing your pain or discomfort, then it’s time for you to visit Southwest Physical Therapy.
During your scheduled in-person appointment with Southwest Physical Therapy, the physical therapist performs a complimentary assessment and screening. The therapist discusses your current symptoms and mobility, discomfort, pain, and personal goals, and measures your baseline strength.
You and your physical therapist work together to develop a personalized treatment plan for you that is comprehensive and goal-oriented, to achieve those goals and eliminate or greatly reduce your pain, while strengthening your muscles with time. You learn how to properly use basic and advanced stretches for shoulder pain, neck pain, or back pain, as well as manage related muscle strength and mobility.
Call Southwest Physical Therapy to schedule your complimentary screening for physical therapy support, so you can start getting back to being you.