My Neck, My Back, My Neck and my Back!

You roll out of bed and suddenly you feel it—a stifling pain in your neck. You can’t move your head without feeling an unwelcome twinge, and the normal early morning stretching doesn’t help. What have you done?

Chances are, it wasn’t a single movement that caused this pain. Rather, it’s probably an issue that’s been building over time—the culmination of misaligned body positions, repetitive movements and other aspects of your environment that caught up to you on this unfortunate morning.

While some chronic pain may be caused by arthritis, permanent tissue damage or a long-standing injury, others are the results of harmful patterns repeated day after day. For example, sitting for extended periods of time can be tough on your back and neck because it puts your pelvis in an extreme position, especially if you cross your legs or hang forward.

Can any of you relate to the repeated harmful patterns (i.e., constantly in the seated position?) I sure can. Once I became aware of the harmful habits, I had to do something. As the brilliant Maya Angelou said "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”