So what is this posture I speak of. It’s really common. If you were to look around at your family, friends or colleagues I’m sure you’ll be able to see at least a few. It’s that round shouldered look. The spine may look a bit more curved than other peoples, the head may protrude a little forwards and most importantly the shoulders look too far forwards – what we call internal rotation in the trade.
This posture leads to a compensation in the muscles around the neck which then gives you pain and discomfort in and around the neck. It can even give you nerve pain (neurological symptoms) down the arms and around the neck and shoulder blade. For the more technical among you there is a technical description at the bottom of the page.
Neck Pain Brighton And Hove – What To Do?
The quickest way to get it sorted is to come and see us and we’ll make an immediate improvement for you. Of course we would say that, but here’s what other people have said:
Once we’ve got you pain free you can start on our guide to avoiding neck pain – click here for the details. It not only gives stretches for the actual pain but gets you doing the right things to helps with the rounded shoulder look. See the video (top right desktop, below mobile) of someone who has benefited from such an approach to help with her long standing neck pain which was bringing on migraines.
Biomechanics Of Neck Pain
When the strongest internal rotators of the shoulder get short and tight (pectoralis major and latissmus dorsi – common with poor posture) this pulls the shoulders forwards. This changes the position of the upper trapezius and the body recruits the scalenes to then perform the function of upper trapezius causing them to tired (they’re not designed to perform this function) become tight and affect the brachial plexus (the main trunk nerve in the neck).