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NECK/BACK PAIN SECRETS Step Two by Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPMR
NECK AND BACK PAIN SECRETS
Step Two: THE HUMAN FACTOR
by Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPMR
Most of my patients have a sore neck or shoulders at some time. Frankly, me and most of my friends and family get tight and sore muscles in our shoulders and neck. Long days at work, stuck in the car for a long commute, waiting in line at the store . . . . regular daily activities make us use our muscles for long stretches of time, without rest. These days these stretches of time are longer than ever. One of my patients said that at his job it would be common for him to sit in the same position for 8 to 10 hours, only getting up to grab coffee, or lunch – which he then ate at his desk!
If any of us would lift weights at the gym for 8 to 10 hours, we would expect to be sore and tired the next day. We don’t expect to be sore from just sitting. In reality, our muscles that control posture work the same as any other muscle. They need to be trained, stretched, and given proper time to recover.
Here are a few simple ways to make sure your muscles can get through a whole day of sitting behind the desk:
The earlier treatment starts, the less pain you will have. For most people, mild alterations to their workplace or posture can relieve a lifetime of painful muscles. For some patients, their problems can be resolved in a handful of sessions. For our patients who have waited months or years, they can find relief too, but the longer the pain has lingered, the longer it will take to treat.