Your neck muscles got tight and crabby because all of those muscles from all over your body were pulling on your neck and head.
When your head started moving forward (because the muscles in the front of your body were pulling it) in front of your body instead of over it–when your perfect posture started to collapse–gravity was able to grab your head and started pulling on it.
It’s a lot of work for your neck muscles to hold up your heavy head when gravity is pulling on it. That’s not their job! The job of muscles is to help you move. The job of bones is to hold you up.
So your neck muscles got tight because they were working way too hard trying to hold your head up where it belongs.
Those same tight neck muscles pull or push on your cervical spine (your neck bones.) After being pulled on for a while, those neck bones can develop bony “points” called bone spurs. Bone spurs can press into the nerves around your neck and cause pain and symptoms like headaches, neck pain, arm and hand pain.
Having your head in front of your body also causes upper back pain, lower back pain and other body dysfunctions.
So, what’s the cure?
1. Correct your posture by strengthening the muscles on your whole back side from knees to head.
2. Stretch and lengthen the muscles on the front side of your body. (Not just your neck.)
3. Relax the muscles around your neck on all sides. You can do this with ice packs or ice massage. You can also do this with massage and pressure which you can apply yourself or by a professional massage therapist.
I know it may feel like all of your pain comes from your back side but that’s just where the symptoms start. The CAUSE is most often the muscles in the FRONT of your body.