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Neck and Back Tension
R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR posted:
In my experience, most people who have desk jobs carry significant amounts of tension in their neck and back muscles. Over time, this results in hardening of parts of the muscle which get knotted up and form trigger points. Subsequently, these trigger points pull on the attachments of the muscles on the bones and lead to changes in the bones- thus changing posture. This results in abnormal stretching of the muscles and ultimately results in pain. Often times the pain from trigger points in muscles is referred down to other areas.
[br>I recommend that people who are developing muscle tension and trigger points start a comprehensive program of stretching of their muscles and also strengthening of the core muscles that maintain posture. Physical therapists are particularly useful in evaluating postural issues and prescribing corrective exercises. When pain sets in, muscle trigger points need to be massaged out using a technique callled myofascial release. Other options to release trigger points are heat, laser, ultrasound and trigger point injections. Once the trigger points are released, then a course of strengthening exercises can be helpful. There is emerging evidence that a technique called eccentric loading of muscles helps with chronic trigger points and muscle and tendon dysfunction.
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A good example of a neck exercise regimen can be found <a href="">here.</a>
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