In today’s FAQ video, we answer the question “What does my neck hurt when I’m at my desk?”

Watch below to hear our answer and leave any questions you may have in the comments section below.

I recently had a treatment by my therapist at Carter Physiotherapy for a chronic stiff neck issue that has plagued me for over 5 years. At the beginning of the treatment it was painful to turn my head from side to side and I could not begin to try and look back over my shoulder due to pain and stiffness.

After several minutes of treatment, on either side of my neck and into my shoulders, I experienced a range of motion that was greatly improved and the pain had subsided. They also gave me extensive instructions on three different types of stretching exercises and how exactly to perform the motion as well as how long to hold the stretch in order to keep the problem from returning.

I plan to return to Carter Physiotherapy to continue to work out the joint and muscle tension and stiffness that has built up over the years.

VICKY B,  KYLE, TX

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Video Transcription [Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:

Why does my neck hurt when I’m at my desk?

Generally, there would be many reasons why people’s necks hurt at their desk.

It could be just the setup of the desk but overall, humans are not designed to sit for hours on end despite tending to do that.There’s a study done a couple of years ago that describes the cost of sitting and how it now exceeds the cost of treating smoking. It is also really rare now to see people smoking. .

Who does that, right?

We sit way too much. So we try to help people at this clinic really try to figure out great solutions so we can help people optimize  their work spaces. For instance, we encourage people to go and take pictures of their work spaces and redesign them to be as ergonomically efficient as possible because that makes a big difference. This is especially true if you’re going to spend 8- 12 hours a day like some people do.

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