In 2003, it was found 6 in 10 working adults used a computer on their job.1 At Nevada Physical Therapy we commonly treat individuals who hold a desk job and have developed neck and shoulder pain over time. We hear complaints of tightness, weakness, and the most common being pain. Usually, these pains have evolved into what we consider chronic pain, meaning pain lasting > 12 weeks. These pains can be constant or intermittent, but ultimately make it difficult to concentrate throughout the day. These symptoms often have developed as a result of a sustained posture/position our bodies no longer tolerate. Unfortunately, during these sedentary jobs, we forget to stand and move throughout the day, often stuck in nonoptimal positions.
Patients who work at a desk for long periods of time can benefit from both mobility and strengthening program, not only to improve your activity level but also to help reduce pain. We usually recommend patients set a timer/reminder every hour or every other hour to stand and complete a few minutes of exercise. Setting a reminder will help keep you accountable and get you moving throughout your day. To provide you with a general program, some common exercises we prescribe include stretching for the front/anterior side of your shoulder targeting the pectoralis muscle complex, stretching a few neck muscles, and strengthening for the back/posterior side of your shoulder targeting the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizers/retractors.
The goal of these exercises and movement patterns is to facilitate you out of positions your body is not tolerating, and position you in a more optimal position. In a postural study completed a couple years ago, the authors found those who exercised had a better posture and less depression than those who didn’t complete exercise.2Interestingly, those who sat with poor posture didn’t necessarily experience more pain than those who sat in a good posture.2 Our bodies respond well to exercise, and for those who sit, we want to get you out of sustained postures that your body is not currently tolerating.
So what would your first visit look like at Nevada Physical Therapy? We will discuss the history of your symptoms, your personalized goals, and the plan to meet those goals. With a Nevada Physical Therapy assessment, we will pinpoint nonoptimal movement patterns related to stability, mobility, or a combination of the two. We can then provide you with an individualized program and an estimated timeline to help improve your pain and movement patterns. Our ultimate goal is to decrease dependency on the provider and give you the tools for self-management and injury prevention.
Try these exercises out to help with that nagging neck and shoulder pain, and don’t forget to set the reminder! If you find yourself benefiting from these exercises minimally, they are causing more pain than good, and you are still experiencing pain, check out the services services we provide as well as our treatment philosophy. Nevada Physical Therapy is conveniently located on campus in the sports medicine complex. We look forward to being a part of your rehabilitation process, and we encourage you to email us or call us to set up a consultation today.
Nick was so attentive to my needs and he structured his schedule to fit mine. My therapy was focused on my strengths and weaknesses; therefore, my recovery time was much shorter than expected. I highly recommend Nevada Physical Therapy for any lingering pain you may be experiencing.Read More Reviews
I cannot say enough positive things about this place. Came in with an ACL injury. I spent a few weeks working with jonathan. His evidence-based approach and motivational ability was really really inspiring. He helped me get back to normal and then some!Read More Reviews
DAKOTA EZELL is at the top of MY list as a highly skilled, intuitive, present professional who values and treats me as a whole person, not just someone to fill a time slotRead More Reviews
The best Physical Therapy place I have ever visited. Rare to see an emphasis on finding the best method to improve injury instead of giving everyone the same plan. But the best part about this place is it's approach to well being during and after PT.Read More Reviews
I was referred to Brian Fearnley by someone with significant credibility. I consider working with Brian a huge stroke of luck. This specific 'PT' is increasing my recovery potential a hundred fold. Brian knows his stuff. He is well versed in PT. He has athletic history at UNR and is active in our local community. He is clearly in this profession to help people recover and get under their own power.Read More Reviews
After two plus years of hip pain, three other physical therapists, quarterly injections and no relief, Crista made the pain go away! If I could give her and this practice 10 stars I'd do it!Read More Reviews
As a professional athlete, injuries can make or break a career. Luckily, in my case, I had Nevada Physical Therapy on my side. Not only did they physically help me recover from a meniscus surgery, but they provided the best emotional support you could ask for in such a difficult time.Read More Reviews
Phenomenal. I had some brutal injuries that resulted in four surgeries and seriously disrupted my life. There can be no doubt that the quality of life I enjoy today was a direct result of working with Nevada Physical Therapy.Read More Reviews
I attended Nevada Physical Therapy for my post surgery physical therapy and have nothing but great things to say. For any of you reading this, this place is by far the best physical therapy place I have ever attended with exceptional staff. I had the pleasure to work with Dakota who is extremely knowledgeable, patient and would go above and beyond to make sure you're taken care of.Read More Reviews