The upper back and neck is a very common area for people to feel pain and tension, most will feel that this is where they hold their stress. The causes for upper back and neck pain can vary, however in the majority of cases this area will become tight and painful due to a chain reaction throughout the body, which can be identified with a thorough movement screen. This gives reason to most people not understanding why it hurts and not being able to recall an event when it started to become sore. A lot of the time people complain that they have slept ‘funny’, although a good quality pillow will help to overcome this, most of the time the body is predisposed to the pain discomfort and it could be set off for a number of different reasons.
If spinal posture is compromised, the head will naturally sit forwards and the vertebrae at the neck will be in an extended position. The muscles surrounding the area will tighten up to protect the joints in this position.
Thoracic Spine Immobility
This also relates to posture, the upper spine is designed to produce a lot of movement, however, over time this can become restricted which results in bad posture.
Instability in Cervical Spine
Every joint should have a certain element of stability and mobility around it, if the stability is lost the mobility will decrease, leaving the area feeling stiff and restricted.