If any of your clients are “desk jockeys” they may be coming to you with a variety of complaints regarding aches and pains in the shoulders, neck, upper back, arms, wrists… it goes on and on (and although this article focuses on upper body issues, they’re probably complaining about lower body aches and pains as well).
“Desk jockey” is an unfriendly name for someone whose work has them sitting at a desk most of their work week. Dr. Kathryn Woodall uses the term in an article on Early to Rise, as she describes ways to counteract the aches and pains that come with office work and work against our tendency to become “chair shaped.”
Often the poor posture that comes from working at a computer causes pain around and in between the shoulder blades, involving the trapezius and rhomboid muscles. As we bend our head forward, our backs become rounded, stressing the muscles so that they become overstretched and weak.
Additionally, the pectoral muscles of the chest become tight and shrunken as our head juts forward, while our pelvis sinks in on itself. This contributes to a body posture that Dr. Woodall calls “chair shaped.” To combat the chair-shaped posture she recommends doing shoulder and neck releases, and to work on “sitting tall” in your chair. She also recommends using a timer to realign your body every hour to regain proper posture.
In the blog below, read about the rhomboid trigger points that contribute to pain in the shoulders, neck and upper back.
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“People will complain of a nagging pain between their shoulder blades, usually on just one side of their back but sometimes on both sides. Trigger points in several muscles can cause this type of pain but the pain produced by the rhomboid trigger points tends to persist longer than the others.
Often, this rhomboid pain can be a bit perplexing to a trigger point therapist, only showing itself after a successful treatment for another upper back or neck pain complaint. But once you learn about the rhomboid trigger points, they are easier to recognize.”