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Device-Induced Neck Pain: The Role of Suboccipital Muscles

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

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Dear Digital Era Dwellers,

From the tech-savvy streets of Marylebone, JANMI brings focus to a prevalent issue: neck pain due to prolonged use of devices, and its impact on the suboccipital muscles.

Understanding Suboccipital Muscles

Located at the base of the skull, the suboccipital muscles play a crucial role in head and neck movement. These small muscles are responsible for fine-tuning movements and maintaining posture.

Interesting Anatomy Facts

Precision Control: Suboccipital muscles provide precise movement control of the head.

Rich in Nerve Endings: They contain a high density of proprioceptive nerve endings, making them highly sensitive to pain and tension.

Impact of Posture: Poor posture, especially from device usage, puts excessive strain on these muscles, leading to discomfort and pain.

How Devices Cause Neck Pain

Prolonged leaning forward or looking down at screens can strain the suboccipital muscles, leading to stiffness, headaches, and neck pain.

Stretches for Relief

Chin Tucks: Gently pull the head straight back, keeping eyes and chin level.

Suboccipital Release: Gently massage the area with fingertips or use a small ball for pressure.

Neck Extensions: Tilt the head back carefully to stretch the front neck muscles.

Incorporating JANMI Therapies

At JANMI, we suggest integrating these stretches with our tailored deep tissue and neuromuscular massages to effectively relieve neck pain and tension.


Awareness and proactive measures are key in managing device-induced neck pain. Incorporating regular stretches and correct posture can significantly alleviate discomfort.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not a medical advice. If you have persistent pain, please consult a healthcare professional.

Warm regards,

Paulius Jurasius

Founder, JANMI

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