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  • Writer's pictureAliza Rosen

Improve Posture with Massage Therapy

Updated: Jan 23, 2019

Posted by North Jersey Massage Maywood, NJ

Many back and neck pain causes can be attributed to a lifestyle built around technology. Computers, smart phones, television and tablets all causes you to sit still for long periods of time in unhealthy postures.

-Sitting in front of a computer for long lengths of time tenses your neck, shoulder and back muscles. You extend your neck towards the screen carrying the weight of your head and putting the vertebrae out of alignment causing the neck to tense. Your shoulders rise as you type on your keyboard causing the shoulders to tense.

-Prolonged use of smartphone negatively affects posture and puts a strain on your neck causing faulty posture such as forward neck posture, slouched posture, or rounded shoulders. Average head weighs between 8-12 lbs. The head is designed to balance on top of your neck, where the weight can be supported by the entire spine. When the head hangs forward and is no longer balanced on top of the neck, the muscles in the neck work hard to support it causing injury to the cervical and lumbar spine. In addition, studies from the Journal of Physical Therapy Science shows that poor posture due to smartphone have a negative affect on the respiratory system. By slouching or having rounded shoulders causes the lungs to be squeezed decreasing your breathing volume. Shallow breathing means less oxygen into your system causing less energy.

- Sitting for lengths of time watching television or a video on your tablet with your legs bent, reduces circulation and puts strain on the lower back.


-Change bad habits

-Move around at least once every 30 minutes

-Sit up straight

-Lean forward from your hips

-Keep your chin up. When looking at your phone, hold it up with your arms, so your neck is not bent down.

-Position your computer screen so that your head is not bending forward

Massage Therapy can help get your body back on track. ... Massage Therapy can relax and loosen the muscles made sore by bad posture, allowing your body to position itself in its natural-and pain-free-posture. With ongoing massage the muscles are loosened and relaxed-joints have greater freedom and pressure points are relieved.

If changing your posture does not relieve your back, neck and shoulder pain, contact North Jersey Massage in Maywood,NJ to discuss the right treatment for you!!

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