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Explaining Muscle Tension in theNeck

Thisarticle is aimed to explain the causes of and offer reasonablesolutions to the unpleasant medical phenomenon of: muscle tension inthe neck. This type of pain, although it usually manifests itselfalong the neck, may also spread down to the shoulders causing soreness, as well as it may be the cause to considerable rippingheadaches.

Thesedisagreeable circumstances may well be the cause of many peoplefeeling additional tension while working (at their computers) or,more dangerously, still – driving.

The fact that itis quite a common problem, makes this article worthwhile reading.

The Source of the Problem

....quite a bit more frequently than not, stems from the neck spine andits nerves. And this is because these controllers of the neck'smuscles, so to speak, sometimes fail to communicate successfullywith the muscles themselves. Additionally, a misaligned spine maycause more pressure to the nerves as well as the conjoining bones inthe area.

Preventing the Problem

....would involve, first and foremost, a proper sitting position whileworking or driving. This means that, when looked at from the side, thespine ought to have a smoothly flowing curve. Secondly, the neckshould have a C curve of about 40 to 60 degrees.

Sucha position keeps the neck, as well as the rest of the spine, relaxedand its nerves free of interference.

Thisposition is also the most favorable one of the spine, in terms ofwithstanding the force of gravity. This is illustrated by the factthat for each inch of forward drift, an additional 10+ pounds ofgravity may press the sitter down, as the muscles work harder, still,to maintain this uncomfortable pose.

Fixing the Problem

Ifthe previously mentioned causes of the problem have been allowed toslip through the sitter's fingers, there are a couple of solutionsthat may be used to solve the consequences instead.

Thesesolutions involve receiving treatments from Chiropractors orOsteopaths. Alternatively, Massage Therapists and Physical Therapistsmay help as well.

Theformer two mentioned may be able to adjust and manipulate the spineinto its best position. They will also be able to use musclestretches or trigger point release techniques. The latter two tend torather deal with postural exercises instead (even though a MassageTherapist may be able to perform muscle stretches and trigger pointrelease techniques, too).

Havingan increased awareness of the posture while working is as of then amust, as is using a good neck pillow, too.

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