What you need to know about neck tension & tightness
Soreness in the neck is quite a common complaint seen by health professionals, especially physiotherapists and chiropractors. This soreness can also be caused by tension in the muscles of the neck. Professions which require a lot of sitting down, minimal movement or being stuck in one position (e.g. office workers, electricians, teachers, etc.) are the more common populations which suffer from neck pain and tension.
Stress can also be a trigger, as many people carry their stress in their shoulders.
Common signs and symptoms of neck tension & tightness
- Tightness in the muscles in your neck and shoulders
- Soreness and restriction of neck movement
- Slumped posture, leading to tight chest muscles and rolled shoulders
- Stiff and tight through mid to upper back
If your symptoms also include significant pain down your arms, please see your GP as soon as possible.
Physiotherapy – your physiotherapist will help you find the cause of your neck tension. Once established physiotherapy techniques like joint mobilisations, stretching, dry needling and massage can help.
A Physio can teach you correct posture that helps to relax the upper back muscles during the day, reducing neck tension from building up.
Massage – not only can massage help relieve your neck tightness, it can also be a relaxing experience.
Specific stretching and exercises that your physiotherapist has prescribed for you.
Heat packs or hot water bottles to relax your tight muscles.
Exercise – maintaining any physical activity, ranging from swimming, walk/jog/run, gym workouts.
Posture correction techniques will take the tension off your tight upper shoulder muscles. This will be taught to you by your Physiotherapist.
David Wilson myPhysioSA Partner Physiotherapist