Why you have neck or upper back pain
Pain in the neck and upper back is a truly enormous problem.
Here’s how big:
of 400 million people in Europe, statistics show that 300 million
will get a neck or upper back problem sometime in their lives,
and 60 million will be in acute pain right now, including headaches.
Forty-five million people inthe USA and 600,000 in New Zealand will have
a problem right now.
You are not alone! What’s going on?
Here’s how it happens. We all start out upright:
Watch four-year olds running around with their heads balanced perfectly above their shoulders.
But then we all bend forward to do things – inschool and on into adult life.
Do enough of this and the upper/middle back tightens into that bent-forward hunch.
Then the muscles along the back of the neck haveto work several times harder just to hold the headup – and they strain, scar and tighten.
This puts acompressive load on the joints in the neck and theytend to jam up and lock, causing acute pain and headaches.
In the worst cases discs and nerves become involved, with pain spreading down the arms.
Whiplash and impact injuries also take their toll, but that upper back hunching is the underlying
basis of the vast majority of upper back and neck problems in the world today.
And it’s getting worse.
This forward-bending stoop has accelerated in the last few years with the advent of laptops, iPads, tablets, smartphones and similar.
Unlike desktop computers you can’t detach the keyboards from the small screens, so users tend to hunch forward even more.