These days it seems like more and more people are working at jobs that involve long periods of time sitting and staring at a computer. Sitting at a computer for hours can wreak havoc on your back, shoulder and neck muscles, especially if you aren’t practicing good posture, which most people don’t. Usually people will slouch or lean their necks forward when sitting at a computer desk, and this can lead to pain and health problems.
It may not seem like it, but bad posture is one of the hardest habits to break. When you slouch forward for hours at a time, the muscles in your back, shoulders and neck are stretched and must work harder to support your spinal alignment. When you lean your neck forward or slouch, your neck and back muscles are forced to work against gravity to hold your head upright. Your muscles will become tight and stiff, which can be quite painful. Over time, if the bad posture isn’t corrected, your muscles can contract so much that they may begin to pull bones out of place and pinch nerves and blood vessels. Luckily, massage therapy can help correct your posture. Massage therapy can relax and loosen your tight muscles, which makes it much easier for you to practice good posture. It will feel more comfortable and less painful when you sit upright, and eventually good posture will become second nature to you.
If you are in search of a Portland massage therapist who can soothe your stiff and aching muscles, Dr. Jeff Dougal has many years of experience working with patients who suffer the consequences of bad posture. He is a Portland chiropractor as well as a masseuse, and he uses a combination of the two therapies to provide pain relief and lasting comfort for his patients.