Sitting most of the day is detrimental to your health,I find myself, probably like many of you, spending way too much time in front of my computer. Sitting is so prevalent and pervasive that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. Since everyone else is doing it too so it doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not okay.
Suresitting for brief periods can help us recover from stress or recuperate from exercise but our bodies simply aren’t built for such a sedentary existence. The human body is built to moveand you can see evidence of this in a way its structured with around 360 joints and over 700 skeletal muscles that enable easy fluid motion and enables us to stand straight against the pull of gravity.
What happens when you just don’t move?
Lets start with the backbone of the problem literally, Our Spine! A common way of sitting is with a curved back and slumped shoulders a position that puts undue pressure on the spineovertime it causes wear and tear of the spine. The average human head weighs almost 12 pounds— the equivalent of a bowling ball! When your neck is bent to 45 degrees, your head exerts nearly 50 pounds of force on your neck. In addition to straining joints and muscles in your neck and shoulders, the pressure affects your breathing and mood. Staying in one position all day can also lead to fatigue as the muscles are actively trying to hold your spine in place.
What are basic signs and symptoms?
- Neck pain and stiffness which is usually on and off at first but becomes more continuous as the condition is left untreated.
- Tenderness or trigger points which results in painaround the neck, upper back and between the shoulder blades.
- Muscle tightness and spasm.
- Tension Headache because of spasm in trapezius muscle and short neck extensors.
- Decreased range of movement of your neck.
- Pain gets worse after prolonged sitting such as working on computer, watching television, reading novel or driving.
If you develop disc issues because of the negligence the pain can even radiate down your shoulders, arms or forearms!
How is the Diagnosis done by Doctor?
- Neck pain can be diagnosed by physical examination. Various tests will be performed to check and evaluate the Movement, ROM, Tenderness, Muscle strength, Trigger points, Muscle stiffness, Muscular Imbalances. This will help in diagnosing the underlying cause of neck pain.
- X-ray examinationis really helpful in detectingdegenerative changes in the spine, bone alignment issues and fractures.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)is used to detect disc related issue or soft tissue injuries.
How can I get rid of Neck pain?
Our experts at Orthocure Healthcare gives you few tips for reducing neck strain at the office:
1.Maintain good posture -Ask a colleague to take a picture of you at your workstation and check to see if it supports well-aligned posture (eyes looking straight, neck not bent, forearms parallel to the floor, low back in its natural curve).
2.Workplace modification-Adjust your desk, chair, computer, documents etc. Refer to article on workplace modifications.
3.Avoid carrying heavy weights with straps over your shoulders – to avoid any undue pressure on neck which tense your muscles more.
4.Sleep in good position- so that your spine is aligned. Refer to article on sleeping posture guide.
5.Regular exercise- Learn a stretching routine that you can use in the office when you feel your muscles starting to tighten up. There are plenty of simple stretches that you can do in business clothes. Refer to article of general office exercises.
6.Active lifestyle-Be active body loves movement. Do some form of yoga, morning walk, simple exercises etc and incorporate it in your daily routine.
7.In case you find swelling and increase warmth of your muscles around neck do take cold packs and in case you feel stiffness with no such signs do stick to hot packs twice daily for at least 15 days on regular basis.
8.Do apply any pain-relieving gel after hot/cold packs to maximize the effects of the treatment.
How Orthocure clinics can help you?
We have successfully treated Neck pain of all types using our researched integrated approach. Our advanced techniques and technology have given us a high number of happy patients who are leading an active life after taking treatment from us. We would like to let you know how we satisfy your expectations.
Non-Surgical technology used to treat radiating pain which precipitates from disc injuries of neck and back. This treatment does not involve any medication orinjections.
Dry Needling/ Kinesiotaping/ IASTM:
Decreasing pain, providing support and improve function.
Almost all patients with neck pain demonstrated weaker neckcore muscles than healthy people. The aim of the MedX therapy is to restore the function of the spinal column in areas of strength, agility, and endurance.
To make you more active and attain a healthy active lifestyle free of pain!
Uses rhythmic microscopic motions for fluid circulationto relax tensed muscles and improve lymphatic drainage thereby improving overall function.
This helps in correcting the alignment thereby maximizing the chances of speedier and better recovery. This treatment is found only at our Clinics in Gurgaon.
In case the condition requires the intake of medicine we do provide it at the right time and for the right purpose. This ensures we treat your pain with a holistic approach.
This information should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment as this is for informational purposes only. One must consult their healthcare provider before making any healthcare decisions. Any damage, loss or injury suffered by an individual as a result of reliance on the information contained on this site is neither the responsibility nor the liability of Orthocure Clinics.