One big pain in the…..shoulder?

A lot of people will have shoulder pain at some point in their lives – especially if they spend a significant amount of time in front of a computer.One of the major reasons is poor posture.  We have a tendency to slouch in front of our computers while we work (for some reason we always have to lean towards the screen).  At first, this position is comfortable – but it easily becomes a bad habit.  If you continue to slouch the muscles in your back and shoulders get stretched out.  Muscles are similar to rubber bands – they can stretch very easily.  But, if you stretch that rubber band too hard for too long it will get weaker AND longer.  When muscles get too weak and too long they become painful.

Soreness and muscle knots are also common because of the stress the muscles are going through.  They are your body’s reaction to the weakness and pain the muscles are experiencing.  The knots can be very painful and can stick around for a very long time.

          The cure:

  • Better POSTURE
  • Stand up and stretch REGULARLY
  • STRENGTHEN those weak muscles
  • Get an ERGONOMIC setup at your work station

Contact a physical therapist for some suggestions as well, and you will be surprised how much better you will feel in only a week.

Tyler Jepson, Doctor of Physical Therapy (P.T.) and Blog Sciences (B.S.)
Emergency Department

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