Neck pain caused by computer use is an increasing condition. Prolonged flexed posture while sitting at some type of computer can cause upper cervical, lower neck and upper back pain. Headaches and arm or hand pain are symptoms associated with poor posture and computer use.
Many people assume the reason for their neck pain is stress or poor sleeping which may contribute to the condition but most likely are not the reason for discomfort. When seated before a computer, the standard curve of the lumber spine (low back) is reduced which in turn causes the top to jut forward.
The arms are flexed forward and turned inward to type. Top of the back begins to hunch due to the increased pressure and the neck muscles become fatigued and could start to spasm. As the neck also starts to reduce its natural curve (lordosis) the joints become irritated which in turn causes a sharp local pain.
Often the body will compensate by activating the muscles opposite of the irritated joint and this may contribute to an irritation of the nerve. Nerve disruption can cause pain down the arm, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness.
Many people choose to treat the symptoms rather than removing or reducing the cause. Pain killers, massage and various therapies will reduce the pain but this leaves the structures susceptible to injury and degeneration.
Over time, the constant stress on these joints will lead to arthritic conditions such as for example osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease and degenerative disk disease. Muscle weakness and nerve disorders will affect performance and pain increase. Frequent stretching of the pectoral muscles during prolonged computer use is essential.
The pect muscles cause the arms to flex forward and internally rotate. Over time these muscles become shortened and this results in the rolled shoulder appearance. Therefore the muscles in the upper back become worn down and irritated. nike indoor cycling shoes To stretch the pect muscles simply act as if you are hitchhiking by pulling your arms back with thumbs pointed up and back.
When stretching a muscles always do the opposite action of what the muscle does when it shortens. In cases like this the pect muscles internally rotate and flex the arm, so you should externally rotate and extend the arm backwards.