Skip to content
Neck and Back Tension
avatar
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.
Was this Helpful?
2 of 2 found this helpful
Reply
 
avatar
R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR responded:
A good example of a neck exercise regimen can be found <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCblNu5LbtE">here.</a>
 
avatar
R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR replied to R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR's response:
Sorry, the above link should be:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCblNu5LbtE


Featuring Experts

Dr. R. Swamy Venuturupalli is a board-certified rheumatologist practicing in Los Angeles. He is Clinical Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Ce...More

Coping
With Lupus

WebMD's Day2Night will help you develop personal coping strategies for living with lupus – at home,
at work, or with family
and friends.
Visit Lupus Day2Night

Helpful Tips

StressExpert
There is a big connection between stress and lupus. Although it doesn't actually cause lupus, it certainly exacerbates it. An article from ... More
Was this Helpful?
18 of 18 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.