Posture Library

Neck Pain

Steven Weiniger | Comments (0)

From the moment you lift your head off the pillow to the instant you lie down at night, if your head isn't level and aligned, stress, stiffness and pain build up from balancing a bowling ball sized weight atop a kinked, distorted chain. The neck is a chain of 7 bones connected by ligaments and wrapped in muscles which supports a fifteen-pound weight- your head. Postural neck pain is a common and often painful problem from constantly working to balance your head on your torso. Headaches and shoulder/arm/hand pain is frequently seen when there is also nerve involvement.

Usually related to weak or poor posture, neck pain often begins after an injury or auto accident, but can also be caused by long-term habits. Over time, neck posture distortions causes pain and breakdown ( i.e. Arthritis /Degenerative Joint Disease) in the spine and other joints from the stress of daily wear & tear.  Neck pain is usually positional-- it gets better, worse or different as body position changes. You move, your neck hurts, and you then try to move a different way that doesn't hurt. This doesn’t mean you’re cured or even pain-free; it means you have limited your choice of movements—your body’s chain of motion—to a smaller range of options.

In time, compensation to avoid pain means you keep adapting until there’s only one way you can move without causing pain. And then even that goes away and it hurts regardless of what you do. Episodes of neck pain may come on after over-activity or without apparent cause, and is triggered as body adapts to mechanical stress, weak posture and inefficient motion. e.g.

  • Hunching over a computer for hours at a time
  • Chronic posture stress such as carrying a heavy backpack, pocketbook, or child
Related Conditions: Postural neck muscle strain; pinched nerve in neck; Cervico-brachial syndrome; Cervico-cranial syndrome.