If you have pain in the left side of your upper shoulder and neck, right about where they meet, guess what the cause might be?
Sure it’s muscles, most likely. But why are they complaining?
1. Do you type? Do you sit facing the right while you are at the computer? The best way is to face the monitor or your material squarely in front of your nose.
2. Do you always watch the television from an angle? Or sit in the same corner of the same couch with your head tilted? How about changing position so you look directly and straight at the television or book?
3. Do you sleep on your side with your head tilted either up or down? You can prop your neck and head in a more neutral position to avoid neck muscle strain.
4. Do you tuck the phone between your shoulder and ear? That’s hard on your neck muscles!
5. Are you a new mom always looking down at your beautiful baby while you hold him? Umm hmm. Muscle strain.
So any of those positions can strain the muscles on the left (or right) side of your upper shoulder where it joins your neck. If a muscle area is overstretched it tries to protect itself by going into a type of contraction. That is a symptom (symptoms are clues.) And that is what you feel–the strained muscle.
Or if a muscle is held in contraction for a while, it may tend to ‘stay’ there. And then the symptom (the clue) that you feel is the short, tight muscle. This is what happens when you hold the phone between your ear and shoulder. But on the other side of your neck, your muscles are being over–stretched so they might also complain!
Massaging or rubbing the painful area or applying ice will usually help but the best strategy is to avoid doing whatever aggravates your neck and shoulder muscles in the first place.
And if you need help to get rid of the pain in the left side of your neck and shoulder most massage therapists would be happy to help. 🙂