Have you noticed that your neck pain is invariably worse when the neighbour’s dog keeps you awake barking all night, you’re arguing with the kids, you have a tight deadline at work and you’ve spent hours sitting at your desk?
Although ‘bad’ posture was previously thought to be the leading cause of neck pain, the scientific studies are suggesting differently. In various trials, researchers found that people with neck pain were more likely to be those getting less quality and quantity of sleep, working jobs with high stress, suffering depressed mood and being less physically active. Postural interventions, such as altering their workstations to change their sitting position had little to no impact on their condition. Even in children as young as 9 years old, symptoms such as tiredness, sleep difficulties and low mood were risk factors for both the occurrence and persistence of weekly neck pain.
So, where does that leave us? It appears that ensuring you don’t become sleep deprived, reducing stress and keeping up your physical activity will manage and prevent neck pain. Also, as is the case with back pain, it appears that your posture at any one time is less important than changing your posture from time to time. One of the key things you can do to avoid neck pain is to change your position frequently during the day.
We need to stop worrying about how we sit or walk because there may be no such thing as ‘bad’ posture after all…..and it just might be the worrying about it that gives you the neck pain!
For advice on your neck pain call Tamborine Mt Physiotherapy on 5545 0500.