Poor posture is often one of the main causes of neck pain. If you are experiencing reduced flexibility, you need to monitor how you sit and stand while learning how to strengthen and exercise those muscles. If you don’t, chronic pain and reduced function in the neck, back, and shoulders are likely.
There are seven bones in the neck. They are known as the cervical vertebrae. Attached to the base of the skull, there are four muscles. One muscle– the trapezius, runs through the shoulder and a large ligament attaches to the back of the skull and to the cervical vertebrae. This is connected to the tendons which connect muscles to bones. The human body is intricate, each part relies on another. When an imbalance occurs, the health of the body suffers.
On average, your head weighs between 4.5-to 5 kg and it is easy to see that when posture is poor and your head is tilted forward, the pressure on the neck is considerable. This is okay when your posture is normally good but if you constantly have your head in this position to text or to read messages or are working on a laptop, then this is damaging. It all adds to the pressure experienced with often detrimental results.
If you spend a lot of time sitting at your computer or working with a laptop, your head will be tilted forward at an uncomfortable level. It is the same if you are reading for long periods of time. Try to adjust your position so that there is less pressure on the neck. It only takes your head to extend by approximately 15° and the pressure on your neck increases substantially– up to 12 kg. If you tilt your head forward by 30° the pressure equates to 18 kg and if, by 45°, the pressure increases to 22 kg and so on.