Although these deficits can exist irrespective of profession, lifestyle, or age, there are a few behaviors that contribute to these functional problems. For instance, people who have been involved in extensive dance, yoga, or Pilates training or who have sedentary jobs that require long hours typing on computers often develop these issues. The reason dancers and yoga and Pilates practitioners develop these issues is that these disciplines strive for an aesthetic ideal of long, graceful necks. Although a long neck may look nice, it is not ideal for pain-free neck function. That is because to obtain the long neck, the shoulders must depress, which alters ideal shoulder mechanics and, therefore, neck function. Often it is taught that depressing the shoulders will strengthen the lower fibers of the trapezius muscle. This may activate those muscles but comes at the greater expense of overall shoulder function.
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