Reasons why you have neck aches (and bad postures are not one of them)

Every pain we have either molars, knee, head or gutIt seems to us the worst ever. The good thing is that you are never alone. For example, if you have frequent pain of neck, you are more than accompanied: it is one of the main causes of disability in the world and its appearance has increased dramatically in the last 25 years. Is it due to our life conditions? Most likely they will improve in a while, but it is also possible that you suffer them repeatedly.

Most likely, if your neck hurts, blame a bad posture last night, well you will have heard thousands of times that certain positions can contribute to back pain, although in reality this belief is not supported by any scientific evidence. In fact, the investigation shows that sleeping badly, reducing physical activity and increasing stress seem to be factors more important.

So, have we lived all this time in a lie? Do all our attempts to correct our posture spending money on chairs, keyboards, sofas, desks and other devices have been a total waste of time? Let's not rush. What is true, as indicated in 'The Conversation' is that it seems more important to relieve or prevent neck pain exercising or getting enough sleepbut then how did we get to the false belief of the importance of posture?

The myth

It is something rooted in our brains: if you feel bad, your neck will end up hurting. However, a recent study with a sample of more than 1,000 adolescents showed that the pains were different (or even not at all) even if the young people had sat in the same positions. The investigation also found a relationship between the position we adopt when sitting and our mood.

In addition, the study also showed that changing the way you feel when you work (something that we all do to a greater or lesser extent with the vain hope that this does not give us pains) in reality it serves very little, as it has slight or no impact on possible back neck pain. In several studies, researchers decided to follow groups of people without problems of neck or with occasional discomfort during periods and observe them closely.

Stress and lack of exercise and sleep have much more to say in our neck pains than the supposed bad postures

What they discovered was that when those people with frequent neck pain had stress at work, less quality and quantity of sleep and also performed little physical exercise, the problem was getting worse. Not only that, on many occasions his mood was also low. The conclusions were clear: when your body is experiencing greater stress, notes more muscle tension in the neck. Although it is important to note that all this happens before the pain develops.

On the other hand, reports have also shown that, even among children as young as nine, symptoms such as tiredness and difficulties sleeping, along with headaches and abdominal pains they are risk factors for the subsequent occurrence of neck problems.

Sleep, exercise and relaxation

What to do then? Don't worry, because research also has its positive side: You can get a stronger neck in very simple ways, with exercise or even walking more every day. This, if we join you to sleep better, will help us to prevent stress and poor physical activity, and hopefully we will be able to prevent neck pain

So, in principle, sit as you want in your desk While you read this news. Of course, to prevent it, try to be physically active and move from time to time. If you have a sore neck, consider doing something relaxing (such as going for a walk at lunchtime). And, above all, do not stress much about the way you walk or walk, because science has not yet shown that there is a "bad" posture as suchAnd worse are the anguish and anxiety for our physical condition.