Neck and upper back tension are a leading cause of pain. Long work weeks sitting behind a computer desk, texting and hand held gaming have taken their toll. 


. “Our necks and backs hurt, and poor posture is the No. 1 culprit,” says Janice Novak, M.S., author of the book, Posture, Get it Straight! (Perigee Trade, 1999).


When you hunch forward, your body isn’t properly aligned. “Not only does poor posture look bad, but it forces some muscles to work incredibly hard all day long while others get weaker,” Novak explains. Poor posture can put you in other slumps, too. “When you slouch, you’re pressing down on your internal organs, affecting digestion,” Novak answers, adding that circulation and breathing capacity can take a hit too.


Ongoing massage can help improve posture and reduce pain by relaxing the tight overworked muscles, increasing freedom within joints, and releasing pressure points. With the body loose and relaxed it can then  return to its natural, healthy postural position.