Sara Shupe, MSPT, Dip. MDT is a physical therapist specialist and founder of J.O.Y. Physical Therapy Inc, a mobile and tele-health physical therapy provider servicing the Twin Cities Metro Area, greater Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Sara has presented early access models of mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) in the treatment of low back pain to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Association of Spine Society (NASS) and The international MDT Conference. Sara lives in Eagan, MN with her 13 year old son, and Dox mix puppy.
If you have ever been to Minnesota during the winter months, especially around the first snow fall, you would first notice one thing. Despite our fearless Viking heritage up in the Nort, many of us do not operate our vehicles with any sore of great precision. I avoid driving in snow storms, or immediately thereafter, as a result. Unfortunately, I recently had to venture out in this phenomenon (having a mobile physical therapy company- imagine that!), I quickly came to realize that I was cheating death.
While unknowingly living despite the odds, I was clinging to my steering wheel with a not-so-Viking-posture-of-fear. My shoulders in my ears, my chin leading the way in the front. The tension in my neck was building...and building...
I didn't think it was ever going to move normal again.
The stress after the drive.
Instead of spending the rest of the day praising God for sparing my life, I sat in the exact same position, after deciding to attempt to lower my blood pressure by working on one of the most favorite past times of the physical therapists. That's right; you guessed it. Paperwork! Sound like a good idea?!
Text Neck? Traffic Neck. Paperwork Neck.
Forward head posture + Stress = Hurt
While we don’t understand the exact bio-physiological mechanism that causes pain in this position, what we do know that the importance of posture correction and stress management in the presence of the low back pain patient is well known in the literature. Sitting postures have been demonstrated to be a common complaint in patients with mechanical low back pain (Williams, et al 1991); passive correction (in some cases bracing, in others, use of lumbar support) especially in the morning has been demonstrated to be integral in self-management (Snook, et al 1998; O’ Sullivan et al 2002; Aota et al 2007).
I think it is safe to assume these principles also apply to the joints stacked above. Your Neck!
So sit up tall and take a load off!
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