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Why Working From Home Can Cause Back & Neck Pain [SCM Pain]

Working from home & poor posture

Working from home has presented some unique challenges during the past few months.

The most frequent issue is inappropriate home workspace set up.

Having a poor work space setup forces us to compensate with poor posture and forward head positioning.

Forward head posture can lead to a range of symptoms and pain that many people are dealing with today.

Why does poor posture cause pain?

When we become stuck in forward head posture it can cause a shortening or tightening of the muscles in the neck and upper back.

As a result, this can be a main cause of pain in the upper back, shoulders and can even lead to tension headaches.

One of the main muscles affected with forward head posture is the Sternocleidomastoid or SCM muscle.

When the SCM becomes short and tight, it can send radiating pain to the front of the neck and back of the head.

How to treat pain caused by poor posture

Try these steps to treat discomfort or pain you may be feeling:

  • Correct your posture

  • Improve your home office space (ergonomics)

  • Increase muscle strength

These are a few of the best ways to treat neck pain, upper back pain, and tension headaches you may be feeling.

Let us help

At Riser, we’re committed to helping you achieve a healthier, happier, pain-free, and more active You.

Come to Riser Physical Medicine in NYC and let our expertly trained clinicians assess your posture and show you ways to improve your quality of life while you continue to work from home.

Patients travel from all over New York City to visit one of our state-of-the-art offices in Union Square, Hudson Yards, or Murray Hill.

Our certified therapists bring their clinical expertise to create a unique program designed specifically for your areas of concern.

Let us be your one stop shop for all your wellness needs.

Book an appointment

​If you’d like to get in touch with us for an appointment, please call us at 646-661-2181, email us at, or click the button below to book an appointment online.


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