Neck Shoulder Strain Pain At Work

Neck Shoulder Strain Pain Work

Neck Shoulder Strain Pain At Work

Neck Shoulder Strain Pain WorkNeck Shoulder Strain Pain At Work

Neck shoulder strain pain at work is often related to; poor desk ergonomics, static or repetitive postures, emotional stress and overhead movements that put unusual stress on the muscles and joints.  A strain can occur from stressful activities such as; lifting too much weight, repetitive stress causing small damage which adds up to a major complaint over time, or sometimes even from holding static postures like staring at a computer screen, or down at a desk for too long.

Neck and shoulder complaints often originate from muscles including the scalenes, levator scapulae, paraspinals, sternocleidomastoid, trapezius, and other muscles that support the neck and shoulders.

What causes neck and shoulder strain at work?

The cause of neck or shoulder strain related to work really depends on the type of job. If you sit at a desk all day, poor posture like hunching over a computer all day or holding the phone in the crook of your neck can affect the muscles leading to tightness on one side and overstretching on the other. Many people also hold their shoulders up when typing because their keyboard sits too high compared to their chair height, which can lead to strain of the neck and shoulders. If you lift heavy objects at work, or perform repetitive overhead movements it is possible that these activities may strain and injure the muscles in the neck.

What are the symptoms?Physiotherapy Toronto Neck Shoulder Strain Pain

Symptoms of muscle strain can include swelling, bruising, redness, stiffness, tenderness and pain in the area. Pain can occur both while resting and trying to use the specific injured muscles or group of muscles in the area. You may even experience muscle weakness or difficulty using them because of the associated pain.

What are the home treatments for neck shoulder strain?

Ice is typically recommended immediately after the injury to calm swelling and inflammation. Heat is beneficial after a couple days to relax the muscles. Kinesio taping of the area is used reduce swelling and provide a mild compressive support to the muscle.

What are the Physiotherapy treatments for a neck shoulder strain?

Physiotherapy can help you in the early acute stage of injury with massage, therapeutic ultrasound, and laser therapy. They can also be helpful to gradually regain use and strength of the affected muscles through exercises. A Physical therapist can also educate you to help prevent injury in the future.

In the chronic long-term stage Physiotherapists may use a combination of; manual therapy, shockwave therapy, laser therapy, and gua sha massage techniques to break up tissue adhesion and chronic calcification.

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About the Author

Brad SaltzBrad is a Registered Physiotherapist at Ace Physio, a highly respected Physiotherapy clinic in downtown Toronto. Ace Physio provides high quality one on one Physiotherapy that combined state-of-art technology such as; Shockwave Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Spinal Decompression with traditional Physiotherapy.View all posts by Brad Saltz