What causes that achy feeling in your neck and upper back? More importantly, what can you do to get rid of it?
When muscles get stretched too far too often, they complain. That aching feeling in your upper back and neck muscles is giving you a message: “Quit Stretching Me, Already, Okay? Hey, Are You Listening? Or Do I Have To Get Louder?”
But muscles can’t really talk so they send messages along the pain telegraph.
So what exactly are you doing to stretch those back and neck muscles too much too often? Here’s how:
When you were little you had perfect posture. Your head was most likely directly over your body, exactly where it was supposed to be. Your muscles were happy.
Then you started sitting in school and maybe your desks over the years didn’t fit too well so you slouched or you were getting “too tall.” And maybe you spent a lot of time in front of the television on a couch or chair that made your head move forward (as many do.) And you probably drove or rode in a car that did the same (as they mostly do.)
Maybe you played lots of video games or worked at a computer or some job in a poor posture position.
So your heavy head started getting used to the idea of being in front of your body instead of perfectly over your body.
Your muscles were designed to support your head over your body. They were NOT designed to hold your head out in front of your body. That’s hard work for them!
And once your posture starts to collapse–your heavy head is in front of you–then it becomes easier for gravity to pull that heavy head closer and closer to your knees. Yikes! Not good.
And, that, in a nutshell, is how the muscles in your upper back get strained.