Busy lives and hectic schedules make many people feel stressed. Repetitive movements can cause structural stress. As a result, the stress usually manifests itself in the form of stiff and sore muscles especially in the neck and shoulders. Some people who have stiff muscles in the shoulders and their shoulders are hunched right under their ears. Others have stiff necks that cannot turn from one side to the next. Shoulder and neck pain that is severe may require chiropractic treatment to help alleviate symptoms. However, there are several things that you can do to help reduce the amount of pain and stiffness you feel.
What Causes Stiff And Sore Muscles In The Neck And Shoulders?
Many people are surprised to learn that most complaints of shoulder and neck pain are related to structural stress. These can be simple, but repetitive movements that they do every day.
Bad posture is one of the leading causes of structural stress. When you sit or stand with poor posture, the head automatically tilts to the front. This puts continual force on the muscles in the neck and shoulders.
In your daily schedule, you may be unknowingly raising the major muscles in the shoulder. This creates tension at the base of the skull and the neck. People create this tension in several ways:
- Typing on a keyboard that is too high
- Cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear
- Lifting heavy boxes to put on shelves
- Painting ceilings
- Constant anxiety brought on by long term stress
Before you begin to experience the stiffness and soreness, you will need to recognize the warning signs that precede this discomfort. You may feel as though a tight band is wrapped around your shoulders and neck. You may not be able to comfortably move your head from one side to the next. Repetitive structural movements could also be a symptom of compressed nerves. A chiropractor can help recommend the appropriate treatment.
If you are experiencing stiff and sore muscles, easy stretching exercises can help to relax the muscles in the shoulders and neck. Practice good body mechanics and seek treatment if the discomfort does not subside.
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