Neck pain caused by computer use can be an increasing condition. Prolonged flexed posture while sitting at some type of computer could cause upper cervical, lower neck and upper back pain. Headaches and arm or hand pain are symptoms connected 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 cause of discomfort. yoga during pregnancy When seated before a computer, the normal curve of the lumber spine (low back) is reduced which in turn causes the head to jut forward.
The arms are flexed forward and turned inward to type. Top of the back begins to hunch as a result of increased pressure and the neck muscles become fatigued and may start to spasm. As the neck also starts to lose its natural curve (lordosis) the joints become irritated which in turn causes a sharp local pain.
Usually 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 elect 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.
As time passes, the constant stress on these joints will result in arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis, degenerative osteo-arthritis 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. As time passes these muscles become shortened which leads to the rolled shoulder appearance. Subsequently the muscles in the upper back become worn down and irritated. To stretch the pect muscles simply act as when 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 this case the pect muscles internally rotate and flex the arm, which means you should externally rotate and extend the arm backwards.