Many people suffer from acute or chronic neck or shoulder pain. As more and more people work in front of a computer all day, the cases are only increasing.
To help reduce or eliminate the pain, first thing you need to do is to check your posture and the set up of your work station. Most importantly, make sure your head is Not poking forward while you work. Gently pull your head back, straighten your neck by tucking the chin in. Adjust the height of the chair so that your elbows are supported on the armrests and feet flat on the floor with knees bent at 90 degrees. Adjust the monitor so that your eyes don't need to look up while you sit up straight. The placement of the keyboard should be such that you can type without reaching forward. Every half hour or so, try to sit up, straighten your neck and gently pull your shoulder blades together and hold for 30 seconds. Move your neck side to side very gently with your chin tucked in for a few times afterward as well. If you can keep up with the above, the mild symptoms would improve quickly.
For people with more severe problems, coming to see a physiotherapist would be your best start on the way to recovery. On the first visit, you will get a comprehensive assessment including medical history and physical examination to find out the cause of the pain and other problems. Depending on the findings from the assessment and your tolerance, treatment options will include manual mobilization, massages, stretches, ultra sound, electrical stimulation, acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation and many others. A set of exercises to help you regain your mobility, reduce pain and regain function will also be gradually introduced. On every follow up visit, a brief assessment will be done before treatment to ensure the correct treatment plan has been carried out and your objective and subjective signs and symptoms are improving.
With the coordinated efforts from our therapists and you, we will ensure your return to your happy and active life style.