Tara Johnson, DPT

Tara Johnson, Physical Therapist

Question: I find that my neck and shoulders hurt after a long day at work sitting at the computer. Why does this happen and what can I do to help it?

Answer: You may be experiencing a strain of your postural muscles of the neck and upper back. Muscles in this region often tighten or
spasm in response to overuse as a means to provide continued support and allow you to carry out your desired tasks such as sitting or typing. This commonly occurs in individuals who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time. Treatment can include frequent stretching, strengthening of both the neck and upper back muscles, and avoiding prolonged positions. Many people who initiate physical therapy to address their symptoms generally experience an overall improvement in their pain and tolerance to activity. For additional information, please contact Tara at STARS at 463-5570.