Part 1: What is Neck Strain?

Strain is the injury to a muscle. This occurs because the muscle fibers tear as a result of overstretched muscles.

Necks can move very freely. They can rotate side to side and move up and down as well. There are structures that support these movements and prevent us from going too far out of our range of motion.
The most common cause of neck disorders such as neck strain is poor posture. Poor posture is often seen at work or at school in the form of forward slouching. This will stretch the tissue on one side of the neck and make the muscles on the other side to constantly be working. This is a reason for tense shoulders and necks.

This can eventually lead to pain, inflammation, and muscle tension. Disorders such as frozen shoulder develop this way

This ergo-tip is a part of an ergo-tip series about musculoskeletal injuries. Please visit the table of contents at for other available posts. There will be one post released every Tuesday.