We've all been told things along the way with varying degrees of truth... Whether you're at the office or at the gym, here are 5 of the most important things you need to know about your neck and upper back!
1. HEADS ARE HEAVY
Necks need to be pretty strong to hold up the 10# ball on the top of our necks. Keeping the neck stacked upright while sitting or during activity helps support the weight of the head and lets the neck muscles work efficiently to do the work.
2. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE A DOUBLE CHIN
A “chin tuck” position, which basically looks like trying to make a double chin, is really the most stable position for the neck. This is where the deep neck flexor muscles work best. Try going into a slight chin tuck position and notice how that position naturally lengthens the neck and keeps it upright to help with point #1.
3. NECKS ARE MADE FOR MOVEMENT
Your neck is designed to move in many directions, and to move a lot. Give it what it wants! Holding it stiff and in the same position all day isn’t going to feed into the natural motion that the neck is made it do. If you're afraid to move it because you're afraid of injury, there are many things that can be done to help.
4. TEAMMATES SHOULD WORK TOGETHER
It's next to impossible to move your upper back without your neck and vice versa. These areas are designed to work together and pain in one is often a result of issues in the other. Taking care of your neck or upper back pain should focus on both areas and not just "where it hurts."
5. DOES THIS MAKE YOUR HEAD HURT?
There are many different types of headaches and many come from your neck from the muscles right under your skull to the tops of your shoulder. If you get frequent headaches, taking advil might help temporarily but taking care of your neck will give you longer lasting relief
At this point you're probably thinking, "well, what do I do about it?" Luckily, we can help! Stay tuned to your email for helpful tips to take care of your ankle or check out our blog for more in depth information.