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

Man dealing with a neck pain.

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 to provide continued support and allow you to carry out your desired tasks, such as sitting or typing. This commonly occurs in individuals sitting or standing in one position for long periods. Treatment can include frequent stretching, strengthening the neck and upper back muscles, and avoiding prolonged positions.

Contact STARS Physical Therapy about Your Neck Pain

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 STARS Physical Therapy either online or at (208) 463-5570.

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