Exercise often leads to improved posture and range of motion and functionality of your body. It can help treat the underlying source of your pain as well as help prevent chronic neck pain from developing in the first place. Exercise helps prevent and relieve pain through a number of mechanisms including strengthening key supportive muscles and restoring flexibility.
Repetitive strain injuries are common because so many people spend most of their work days sitting in front of computers. Computer work is associated with neck pain specifically originating from the trapezius muscle, and many types of neck pain can be traced back to poor posture at work. As poor sitting posture leads to neck pain and once neck pain develops, it can make your posture even worse.
Studies have shown that after following a specific exercise program, people with neck pain had an improved ability to maintain a neutral cervical posture during prolonged sitting, which suggests it may help break the poor posture/neck pain cycle. Other research has similarly shown that exercise is incredibly beneficial for treating neck pain including:
Research in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that repetitive strain injury caused by office work can be reduced using certain strength training exercises.
A study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism showed that strength training targeting the neck and shoulder muscles is the most beneficial treatment for women with chronic neck muscle pain as opposed to a general fitness routine. This pushes the goal of the treatment program away from simple pain relief and more toward reactivation and restoration of function. Chiropractic care with the correct exercise program helps patients play an active role in their treatment program and allows for a renewed sense of self reliance, and an ability to perform activities of daily living without undue fear or risk of injury.