Workload and Neck Pain: Is there a Link?

Workload and Neck Pain: Is there a Link?

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Excessive workload affects both our physical and mental health.

In fact, 47% of Canadians agree that their work is the most stressful part of their everyday lives. Improper posture, prolonged screen exposure, and long work hours are the reason behind many health issues—and you probably don’t even know it.

Work-related stress manifests itself in a number of ways, the most common of which are chronic headaches, high blood pressure, workplace accidents, and neck pain.

In this blog, we’re going to be talking about neck pain:

What causes neck pain?

The way you sit at work makes all the difference. If your job requires you to sit in the same (uncomfortable) position all day, your neck will become strained.

Neck strain is especially common among employees who have to bend their neck in order to hunch over a computer screen. This makes the tendons and fibres in the neck stretch and tear. The pain depends on the intensity of the tear and can range between mild and sharp.

Other than awkward postures, neck strain also happens if your work requires you to lift heavy objects or perform repetitive motions.

Common symptoms of neck strains are neck pain, swelling, and inflammation.

The role of work duration

According to research, the psychosocial conditions of your workplace have a direct impact on your health. The same study also states that neck pain is triggered if your workload requires you to make monotonous movements and spend more time on a seat. The more mobile you are, the less likely it is for neck pain to affect you.

As per the survey, those who have been in the same job for over five years dealt with neck pain more often. This is because they had more work compared to new entrants and were sitting in the same position for a very long time.

Another study states that sustained trapezius muscle activity develops muscular tension.  Higher muscular activity and tension contributes to pain severity. This pain is more common among those who work in a manual environment and have to put in extra physical effort.

What can you do?

One of the most effective treatments is spinal decompression.

Since your neck is directly connected to the spine, you need to address the problem holistically. Spinal decompression takes pressure off the nerves by gently stretching the spine. This realigns and readjusts the spine, enlarging the spinal canal. This directly impacts the neck and may reduce the symptoms of the pain.

At Divergent Innovative Health Care, our physicians, physiotherapists, and chiropractors work closely to devise a treatment plan that suits your condition the best. Drop us a message to book a slot now if you’re based in Calgary. 


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