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Poor Posture And Tech Neck Pain

How resistance exercise can aid in alleviation of pain and discomfort

Tech neck, also known as forward head posture, is a condition that occurs as a result of prolonged use of technology devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. When we hunch over these devices, our head shifts forward, which places added stress on the muscles and joints in the neck and upper back. Over time, this can lead to chronic pain and tension in these areas, as well as headaches, fatigue, and a loss of range of motion.

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Prolonged sitting and poor posture at home or work can lead to similar effects. Sitting for long periods of time, especially in front of a computer, can cause tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, as well as weaken the muscles that support good posture. As a result, many people experience pain and discomfort, which can negatively impact their quality of life and overall function.

One of the best ways to combat tech neck and poor posture is through resistance training. This type of exercise involves using resistance, such as weights, resistance bands or suspension kits (TrX) to challenge and strengthen the muscles in the neck and upper back. By strengthening these muscles, you can improve your posture, reduce pain, and increase your range of motion.

When it comes to resistance training for the neck and upper back, there are several exercises that are particularly effective. For example, exercises such as the face pull, rows, and pull-ups target the muscles in the upper back and shoulders which help to improve posture and reduce pain. 

It’s important to have proper form and technique when doing resistance training exercises. Before starting a resistance training program, it’s recommended to seek advice from a physiotherapist to learn correct form and to tailor the program to your specific needs.

Additionally, taking regular breaks every 30 minutes when working or studying at home can have a huge impact. Stretching as well as bodyweight movements throughout the day help improve the overall well-being of your musculoskeletal system and improve your posture  

If you suffer from neck pain and think its related to poor posture and prolonged sitting, book in with one of our expert physiotherapists that can assess and help guide you through appropriate exercises to get you back to living pain free!

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Did we forget to mention that at our Kensington and Swiss Cottage branches we have full access to the premium Virgin Active gyms to start your postural strengthening program. 

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