Neck pain due to computer use can be an increasing condition. Prolonged flexed posture while sitting at a computer can cause upper cervical, lower neck and spine pain. Headaches and arm or hand pain are symptoms connected with poor posture and computer use.

Many people assume the cause of their neck pain is stress or poor sleeping which might contribute to the condition but most likely are not the cause of discomfort. fold up ellipticals When seated in front of a computer, the standard curve of the lumber spine (low back) is reduced which in turn causes the top to jut forward.

The arms are flexed forward and turned inward to type. The upper back begins to hunch because of the increased pressure and the neck muscles become fatigued and may start to spasm. Because the neck also starts to reduce its natural curve (lordosis) the joints become irritated which in turn causes a sharp local pain.

Usually the body will compensate by activating the muscles opposite of the irritated joint and this may contribute to a worsening of the nerve. Nerve disruption can cause pain down the arm, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness.

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Many people elect to treat the symptoms rather than removing or reducing the cause. Pain killers, massage and various therapies will reduce the pain but this leaves the structures susceptible to injury and degeneration.

As time passes, the constant stress on these joints will lead to arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis, degenerative osteo-arthritis and degenerative disk disease. Muscle weakness and nerve disorders will affect performance and pain will increase. Frequent stretching of the pectoral muscles during prolonged computer use is important.

The pect muscles cause the arms to flex forward and internally rotate. Over time these muscles become shortened which results in the rolled shoulder appearance. As a result the muscles in the upper back become worn down and irritated. To stretch the pect muscles simply act as if you are hitchhiking by pulling your arms back with thumbs pointed up and back.

When stretching a muscles always do the opposite action of what the muscle does when it shortens. In this instance the pect muscles internally rotate and flex the arm, so you should externally rotate and extend the arm backwards.