Is your neck pain and headaches really caused just by stress?

We are continuing our week so far on neck pain and more specifically on the idea of headaches/migraines. Yesterday in our post we touched on the idea on if your headaches were really a muscle or soft tissue related component. Today I wanted to address the crowd of people out there that think their neck and headaches are only caused by stress. I hear it all the time in my office that they are just stressed and things will settle down after and it will magically go away. I wish that was the case for neck and headache issues, but it couldn't be any further from the truth on that one. Here’s the actual problem with the majority of neck and headaches.... We are not built to be sitting all day long. We are not built to be looking down at a screen all the time. We are not built to be able to drop our head down all day long and check our social media feeds. I travel a lot for training and work and every time I go through the airport I cringe when I look at people glued to their phones in the worst possible position possible. When this happens it puts so much force on the muscles and ligaments in the neck. When this happens you can’t get enough blood and oxygen to the muscles to help them sustain contraction all day long. So the body responds by laying down adhesion to try to help buffer the area. Over time the adhesion spreads out and makes the range of motion limited and the muscles weaker. This is a big problem because the muscles need to help move and support the neck, when they can’t they put more wear and tear on the joints and cartilage. Then things get really bad and painful, you wake up in agonizing pain and can’t figure out why. So yes stress doesn't ever help, but it isn't the main culprit in your neck and headaches, its our awful postures and constant attention given to our phones. So if you are reading this on your phone please at least bring your device up to your eyes and give your neck a break!

We are continuing our week so far on neck pain and more specifically on the idea of headaches/migraines.

Yesterday in our post we touched on the idea on if your headaches were really a muscle or soft tissue related component.

Today I wanted to address the crowd of people out there that think their neck and headaches are only caused by stress.

I hear it all the time in my office that they are just stressed and things will settle down after and it will magically go away.

I wish that was the case for neck and headache issues, but it couldn't be any further from the truth on that one.

Here’s the actual problem with the majority of neck and headaches....

We are not built to be sitting all day long. We are not built to be looking down at a screen all the time. We are not built to be able to drop our head down all day long and check our social media feeds.

I travel a lot for training and work and every time I go through the airport I cringe when I look at people glued to their phones in the worst possible position possible.

When this happens it puts so much force on the muscles and ligaments in the neck. When this happens you can’t get enough blood and oxygen to the muscles to help them sustain contraction all day long.

So the body responds by laying down adhesion to try to help buffer the area. Over time the adhesion spreads out and makes the range of motion limited and the muscles weaker.

This is a big problem because the muscles need to help move and support the neck, when they can’t they put more wear and tear on the joints and cartilage.

Then things get really bad and painful, you wake up in agonizing pain and can’t figure out why.

So yes stress doesn't ever help, but it isn't the main culprit in your neck and headaches, its our awful postures and constant attention given to our phones.

So if you are reading this on your phone please at least bring your device up to your eyes and give your neck a break!