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Neck Pain

The back side of your neck is burning.  The tension starts at the base of your neck and goes all the way up into the back of your head.  It is usually unilateral, and there may be a lump in the upper portion of the muscle just below the base of the neck.  If a good massage or heat helps, you know it is muscle pain. 

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The most common reason for neck pain is "Head Forward Posture".  Your head is supposed to be balanced over your spine.  That means your ears should be straight above the center of your shoulders.  For every inch your head drifts forward of this balanced position, it doubles in weight.  A three inches forward shift is not uncommon, and it makes those sore neck muscles support 36lbs against gravity.  Your neck muscles cramp up from constantly being over worked.

Computer posture: Notice how people, especially people who wear glasses, tend to slouch down and lean into their computer screens.  To avoid neck pain, ask your eye doctor for "computer glasses" that makes the screen blurry if you are too close to the monitor.

Neck pain and headaches are typically muscle pain.
 



Head forward posture

How to eliminate the pain

A balanced standing and sitting posture where your head is positioned over the spine will alleviate the neck pain.  The basis for a good posture is your foot foundation.  Hyperpronating feet shift your posture forward, so eliminating hyperpronation will shift your weight to the back so you stand up straighter and more balanced.  To accomplish this, you may also need to do some exercises to limber up your neck and thoracic region (upper section) of your back.  

Pay attention to your work habits.  If you are in front of a compute all day, be sure you are ergonomically balanced.  Hanging on to the mouse all day may elevate one shoulder which also causes a shift in your head position.  Start with your feet - They are usually the #1 source of trouble.