A Look at Why Your Workspace Might be the Cause for Your Stiff Neck
In our technological age, it’s almost a guarantee that you or someone you know works in an office environment. Whether you love your job or not, spending long hours hunched over a computer every day can wreak havoc on your neck and back, leaving you rubbing your shoulders on your way home.
If you leave work each day and feel the effects of a stiff neck settle in a few hours later, it’s likely because of your workplace setup. Making small changes to your posture and monitor placement can make a world of a difference when it comes to spine health and neck pain.
Even still, sitting in one place for a long time is bound to have an effect on your spine. In these cases, you’ll want to find treatment options that relieve neck tension and pain. At Posture Works, our chiropractors may be able to alleviate some of your stiff neck pain, so you can do your job more effectively in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO.
Examining the root of the stiffness
Stiff necks are typically caused by straining your muscles with poor posture and holding positions for a long period of time. As you continue to sit and strain muscles in the upper back, shoulders and neck, your muscles will get fatigued and become painful. Eventually, they will contract, causing the stiffness you experience at the end of the day.
Poor posture at your desk is one of the major culprits of a stiff neck. Sitting slumped in a chair typically results in the spine curving forward and the shoulders rolled down, straining your muscles and putting tension in your shoulders and neck. It’s important to maintain good posture with an erect spine to help prevent neck stiffness. Additionally, working at a standing desk and taking frequent walking breaks can also help alleviate pressure caused by constant sitting.
Another common cause is the setup of your computer monitor. If your computer screen sits low on your desk, you will have to lower your chin to look down at it. While this forward head posture may not appear to have much of an effect, it’s actually a common cause of neck stiffness and pain. It’s very similar to the “text neck” phenomenon – consistently looking down puts added pressure on your cervical spine due to gravity and can strain muscles over time. All of this pressure may actually result in an abnormal curvature in your spine, as well as disc herniation.
Similarly, desk and keyboard height can force you to slump over or shrug your shoulders to type comfortably. Using the right sized desk and a monitor stand that keeps your computer screen at eye level will help you maintain good posture and avoid putting more stress on your neck muscles.
Chiropractic treatment may relieve your stiff neck
There are lots of ways you can adapt your work environment to make it better for your posture and spine. Outside of work, chiropractic care may help alleviate your stiff neck.
Chiropractic manipulations may help realign your spine if anything is out of alignment, promoting better blood flow and stabilizing your spine. Your chiropractor may also provide you with exercises and stretches that may help reduce your neck stiffness and also strengthen the muscles and tissues surrounding your spine for increased stabilization and comfort.
At Posture Works, we treat patients with stiff necks and a variety of other spinal problems in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO. Our experts use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a chiropractic approach that emphasizes total-body wellness, for top-quality patient care. Call us today to learn how we may be able to help you.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.