Rounded Shoulder: A Big Source of Neck Pain

September 29, 2017 in STSMPT

Rounded shoulders are where the resting position of the shoulders has moved forward from the ideal alignment. This gives a person a hunched appearance. It can lead to neck, back, chest, and shoulder problems. Rounded shoulders can cause headaches, neck and back pain, and even nerve damage. With society becoming more plugged into technology, the risk of developing rounded shoulder grows greater. Below are some ways to prevent and relieve rounded shoulder.

As with many conditions related to pain and orthopedics, posture plays a key role. Rounded shoulders result from poor posture, so it makes sense that proper posture would improve the problem. If you have a job that involves typing for long periods of time, sit up straight in the chair and don’t hunch over to look at the keyboard. Keep your eyes straight on the screen as you are typing. Raise your screen if needed to keep you from looking down to read it.

There are also a variety of corrective exercises and stretches that can help with rounded shoulders. Here is one example: door chest stretches. Standing straight in front of a door frame, place one hand on either side of the frame, just above your head. Move one foot forward and gently lunge against the frame and hold the position for thirty seconds. This will help stretch out the chest muscles.

If you are experiencing neck pain, schedule an appointment with us. We can perform a thorough assessment. From there, we can plan a regimen to get your posture issues straightened out, and address any other concerns

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