WHAT TO DO FOR NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN?
WITH ANNINA GUNTI, PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Neck and shoulder pain may be the result of muscle pain, known as muscular tension.
There are various causes:
- Poor Posture
- Monotonous Movement Patterns
- Incorrect Load Distribution of the Spinal Column
Lack of physical activity and stress also contribute to muscular tension. If not, poor posture and monotous movement patterns have a negative effect. Muscle pain affects mobility and leads to muscle tension. If muscle tension is not treated, a vicious cycle of pain may result. If a protective posture is taken, this tenses and shortens the muscles even more. Targeted exercises for neck and shoulder pain can interrupt this vicious cycle.
Pain Relief - Excercises at Home
Lack of movement in the upper back and cervical vertebra is often co-responsible for pain in the neck and shoulder area. Blood flow in the musculature is improved by mobility exercises. Muscles lose extensibility from poor posture. Targeted stretching exercises, in addition to exercise at work, lead to relaxation of the affected musculature and to increased mobility.
Relieve Pain at Work
Because of static and often poor posture at work, the blood flow of the musculature is reduced, which after a certain period of time can lead to neck and shoulder pain. Regular stimulation of blood flow with movement and stretching exercises that are simple to do at the workplace help to prevent this.
Relieve Pain – Massage
With sustained reduction in blood flow, painful areas and tension develop in the affected musculature. The blood flow can be stimulated locally in a targeted manner by manual pressure, movement and massage. Beneficial warmth arises in the affected area through this and the stimulated blood flow provides the musculature with more energy and helps to remove harmful substances.
Relieve Pain – Massage
The basis for good posture, even over a longer period of time, is strong musculature. Only with regular simple training can the development of tension and pain in the neck and shoulder region be prevented in the longer term. One-sided strength building should be avoided – both the back as well as the front neck musculature must be taken into consideration.