Tension knots in the neck — causes and ways to prevent it

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Tension in the neck is a common problem. It can be caused by a lack of exercise and poor posture resulting from a variety of causes. To prevent it, exercise the core, shoulders, and neck. Avoid prolonged sitting in one position. Texting or reading hunched over, looking down, can lead to neck pain. If you must sit at a computer, keep the monitor at eye level and get an ergonomic chair. See a doctor if other symptoms arise or pain is chronic.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is no known cause of tension knots but lack of exercise especially exercises that work on core muscles, the muscles responsible for keeping your spine erect and holding your position straight, could be a cause of it.
  • Things as simple as sitting in a wrong posture on a sofa with a book in hand or chatting on Facebook or Whatsapp with your head facing down can make the neck sore and the shoulders stiff leading to tension knots in the neck.
  • If you find that the condition is chronic or if you experience unusual signs such as numbness in the fingers or feet or stiffness in the neck, then it is better to consult an orthopaedic.

“Lack of working out also causes muscle weakness and slouching of the shoulder, leading to curving of the spine.”