Tension in the head and neck are two of the most common areas of complaint and it can be helped. Your neck contains flexible muscles that support the weight of your head. Occasionally neck pain can also be attributed to worn joints or compressed nerves, but neck tension typically refers to muscle spasms or soft tissue injuries from overuse, stress or poor posture.
Neck tension can worsen when not treated and move up into the muscles of our head and face leading to other conditions such as tension migraines, headaches or jaw pain. Common causes of tension in the Head and neck are:
• Repetitive motion. Occupations that require you perform the same repetitive movements often will strain the muscles in your neck.
• Poor posture. The average adult’s head weighs 10 to 11 pounds. When this weight isn’t properly supported by good posture, the neck muscles are forced to work harder than they should, which can cause strain.
• The computer and The phone: Many people spend their entire day behind a computer. Hunching over the computer creates poor posture and is a particularly common cause of strained neck muscles. Same goes with our cell phones whether you’re holding it between your ear and shoulder at work, or are hunched over it playing games and checking social media at home, the phone and computer are a common cause of poor neck posture.
• Exercise and sports: no matter if you’re lifting weights in a way that engages the neck muscles, or whipping your head around during a sports game, physical activity
is a common cause of minor neck injury and strain.
• Poor sleep position. When you sleep, your head and neck should be aligned with the rest of your body. Sleeping with large pillows that elevate your neck too much can
cause tension to build up while you sleep.
• Stress. Psychological stress has a powerful impact on the whole body. When you’re stressed, you may inadvertently tense up and strain the muscles in your neck.
Neck tension stress affects many people.
Massage therapy Can help you! Treatments of massage therapy involve manipulating the muscles by kneading, rubbing, pressing, or patting different muscle groups.
Our Massage therapists at Elevation Fitness are highly trained and use different techniques to work through the muscles that have knots or tension in them. A massage will also help circulate
blood flow, relieve mental stress, and reduce muscle pain and tension.
Reach out to us today for a complimentary consultation with one our therapists.