Life Can Be a Pain in the Neck, Literally

Written by: Posture Mike



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Do you awake with a stiff neck?
Do you feel twinges of neck pain while sitting at your computer, talking on your phone, or simply from turning your head?

What is the anatomical correct postural position for neck health?

  • View from the side: the head should be balanced directly above your shoulder in alignments with your hip, knee, and ankle.
  • View from the front: the head is equally balanced and positioned over level shoulders, hips, knees, and feet that point straight ahead.

Have headaches from neck pain?

One of the main culprits of neck pain is poor posture. Slouching over a desk and staring at a computer, using a cell phone positioned between your ear and shoulder, texting with your head dropped forward, and reading and sleeping in anatomically incorrect positions for extended periods produce immobility, and stiffness, muscle strain, and tightness. Combine these neck stiffening activities with improper head placement while walking and sitting, and you’ve successfully created a situation in which the neck joints that make up your cervical spine misalign and cause wear and deterioration of the cervical vertebrae.

Additionally, when the surrounding muscles lose mobility, a host of interrelated bodily joints, muscles, and nerves become affected, creating situations in which pain, fatigue, and numbness can become part of your daily life. This combination, over time, can lead to misalignment of the head and neck, affecting many areas, including the cervical vertebrae connected to the pelvis, lumbar, and thoracic spine. The consequences associated with these postural misalignments can include cervical arthritis, stenosis, disc herniation or degeneration, headaches, and breathing issues.

What can be done to remedy neck pain, counteract incorrect alignment, and maintain postural well-being?

First, become aware of your daily habits and the culprits that may be causing neck strain and pain. Next, educate yourself about the anatomically correct postural positioning required for optimum health and well-being. Remain focused on and vigilant with your posture when using electronic devices, and when walking, sitting, standing, and lying down. Make the time and engage in proactive exercises that strengthen and reinforce postural alignment.

Remember that correct anatomical alignment is interconnected from your head to your toes. Every joint, nerve, and muscle contributes to the maintenance of your anatomically correct original blueprint; the way you were born. The big picture of your overall well-being is made up of each of your parts. When you realize that even a misaligned toe can be the origin of neck pain, you will understand the importance of ensuring that each and every joint is optimally aligned.

Just like your car requires constant care and frequent alignment, so does your body require care and maintenance. You have the power to control your movements in rest and active positions. Developing the habit of engaging in joint alignment exercises will promote daily well-being and counteract the effects of devices and activities, which tend to knock joint alignment out of place and contribute to muscle strain and debilitating pain.

Be your own caregiver and maintainer of the life you want and deserve to lead!  

Try these exercises to help with your neck pain:

Standing on Posture Board
Duration: Hold for at least 5 min
How to Perform:

  • Stand on the posture board against a wall with your feet fist distance apart, pointed straight ahead, slightly pigeon toed
  • Heels, hips, upper back touching the wall while head is in a relaxed neutral position
  • Hand relaxed to your sides
  • Relax stomach

Sitting Presses
Duration: 1 set of 60 reps
How To Perform:

  • Start in the sitting position (toward the edge of chair)
  • Knees bent 90 degrees, feet hip distance apart, slightly pigeon toed
  • Place strap around knees fist distance apart, relax your stomach muscles
  • Roll pelvis forward creating the curve in your lumbar spine, Hands resting on thighs palms up
  • Press and release for a 1 second hold against the strap