Shoulder Neck Pain – Why are they so common in both the active and the sedentary?

17th February 2016

Shoulder Neck Pain

Why are they so common in both the active and the sedentary?


shoulder neck pain

The typical retraction exercise I use with my clients. i find it is easy for them to understand & safe for them to carry out alone.

Shoulder Neck Pain – are YOU at risk?

The frequency of shoulder neck pain seems to be increasing, and the presentation of these complaints are becoming increasingly similar. I’ve started to see a pattern – people are coming to see me with tightened and ‘grodgy’ necks (I like to use this ‘word’, which I think I’ve invented myself, because when muscles become REALLY tight they feel ‘groggy’ to me!), restricted range of motion and they typically complain of headaches or arm pain/numbness, or even both.

Shoulder neck pain, would usually be more commonly developed by a sedentary office worker, or even a mummy of a new born or toddler – ultimately the type of people who may be tightening up from long periods of no movement, or too much awkward carrying (repeated carrying on one side, rocking, lifting out of cradles/buggies etc). This makes sense right? You’re probably thinking, of course these guys are predisposed to neck pain, silly! Right you are, but my worry and my biggest message today is that its not only the obvious people, it could be YOU too. You could be doing something your day-to-day life that may be predisposing you to shoulder and/or neck pain that you don’t even realise. As I said, these days it seems to be ANYBODY – gym goers, runners, pilates instructors, musicians, housewives, teenagers – you name it!

There’s a simple explanation as to why the frequency of shoulder and neck pain is increasing in the general population, at least based on those of you who are coming to see me for help. Here are the reasons:

  1. Poor posture;
  2. Muscle imbalance;
  3. Poor technique (and I am not just referring to sport);
  4. Inadequate bodily awareness/proprioception;
  5. Being unaware.

The funny thing is, shoulder and neck pain can be so easily avoided, and they can also be so easily self-managed before they reach the point where professional treatment is NEEDED.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to talk you through some of the interesting stuff related to shoulder and/or neck pain, including self-testing and self-treating.

If any of you have any specific questions that I may not cover in this series, please just shoot an email over and I will get back to you with the best advice I could possibly give.

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