You're in elementary school, cell phones don't exist, school work on a computer? never heard of her. You just finished playing tag on the playground, you come inside grab a capri sun for lunch, then off to gym class to play dodgeball. You have endless energy and have never experienced an ache or a pain in your life.
Fast forward to 2021
You sit at your monotonous desk job for 8 hours a day. You stare at your computer screen, type emails and answer phones. The only time you've gotten up today is to pour yourself some coffee or use the bathroom. As the day goes on your neck starts to hurt, your eye strain is causing blurry vision and you wonder how can I possibly hurt because I'm not doing anything?
That is exactly why you hurt.
As working adults, we have stopped using important muscles on a day to day basis that help maintain our posture. These muscles become weak, weakness leads to muscular imbalances, imbalances lead to pain, and the cycle goes on and on. In the medical field we call this "upper cross syndrome" which essentially means the muscles on the back side of your upper back are weak and the muscles on your chest are tight, and this happens because of the nature of our lives in the 21st century.
So what can you do about it? Glad you asked.
Here are 3 exercises to improve posture and neck strength:
Foam Roller Pec Stretch
If you're dealing with neck pain, please to not let it progress any further. Invest in your health today.