If your work station, for example is poorly set up, your your neck muscles are tense all day, unnecessarily. You may need a lumbar support on your chair, and you may need to lower or raise your computer monitor.
Your muscles don't work in isolation. Poor use of the neck muscles will involve the shoulder, upper back, low back, chest, and arm muscles too. It is just that you may feel the pain in your neck first. I hate to say it, but you will most likely feel upper back pain, low back pain and shoulder pain too, at some later time.
Do you know any myofascial release massage techniques? For yourself, I mean. Fascia is a wrap, connecting all of your soft tissues. It would look like plastic wrap, enveloping your muscles and other soft tissues.
There is one section that goes from head to toe. When your wrap turns to Shrink Wrap - you'll feel it! Your fascia can wrinkle, shrink, get tense and less flexible.
Yet you can learn to change that, so easily. Through the following link, there is an article about this, and down a little ways, there's a short video clip of a neck tension release. Short and easy.
Farther down in that article you'll read about one of the myofascial massage techniques, done with a Pinkie Ball.
But developing chronic neck and back pain can be prevented, by changing your lifestyle a little bit, and including a routine from the best stretching exercise DVD I've found yet, Effective Stretching The Ultimate Guide.
Once you have learned a few of the whole body stretches, you will feel like something is wrong when you don't do them.
You can use The Pinky Ball, the easiest of the self myofascial release tools to increase the effects of:
- hip flexibility exercises
- leg flexibility exercises
- shoulder flexibility exercises