Overhead Work Neck Support


Occupations such as ceiling tile installers, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, painters, sheet rockers, plasterers, artists, as well as the do it yourselfers can benefit from the overhead neck support. Work faster, more efficiently, and suffer less pain and long term consequences of compressed joints, arthritis, pinched nerves, and chronic neck pain.

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Overhead Work Neck Support Helps Prevent Occupational Injury From Working Overhead

Neck injuries are often caused by maintaining the neck in unusual positions for extended periods without proper head support. The muscles of the neck support the head which weighs about 10 pounds and when working with your hands over your head, the muscles must support this weight when they are contracted. Overhead Work Neck Support helps prevent neck pain.

If you have experienced neck pain after painting a ceiling, cleaning gutters or other tasks that require working overhead with your neck tilted back for long periods, you can benefit from a support to relieve stress on the neck when the head is tilted up for extended periods. Now imagine those who work in this position all day!

The Overhead Work Neck Support is a support that was designed to help relieve the pain from contracted neck muscles that can cause strain injuries, muscle spasms, irritate joints in the neck, annoying headaches as well as sore neck and shoulder muscles.

Occupations such as ceiling tile installers, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, painters, sheet rockers, plasterers, artists, as well as the do it yourselfers can benefit from the support. Work faster, more efficiently, and suffer less pain and long term consequences of compressed joints, which may lead to early degenerative conditions of the cervical spine and pinched nerves as well as chronic or long lasting neck pain

adjustable overhead work neck supportWorking overhead is a leading cause of work related neck problems. These type of injuries seldom result from a single traumatic incident. Instead they develop over time as a result of frequently placing the head in an extended position for long or frequently repeated periods of time without adequate recovery time.

The extended position of the head compresses the neck and over years contributes to neck pain, headaches and can lead to joint deterioration, arthritis, pinched nerves and facet joint syndrome.

Overhead Work Neck Support provides an ergonomic foam padding support for the neck to comfortably prevent hyperextension, assisting the neck muscles, joints and bones to stabilize the cervical spine in this backward tilting position.

It is a lightweight support, yet very durable and simple to use. Regardless of if you are a homeowner with a weekend project or a professional contractor, it provides the support you need, and the comfort you desire. It is truly for work that’s a pain in the neck.

Overhead Work Neck Support prevents over extension when working overhead, reducing neck pain and risk of injury, allowing the muscles that support the head to relax in the extended or head up position. Helps to prevent muscular fatigue from prolonged contraction, which often leads to strain of the neck extensor muscles as well as damage to the joints. Help to prevent this at home or at work with this support.

The support addresses OSHA’s new ergonomic guidelines and may reduce the occurrence of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) and Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMI) in the workplace.

Overhead Work Neck Support Fields of Use

Health Care: Occupational Therapy, Neck Injury – Prevention & Rehabilitation

Manufacturing: Automotive, Aircraft, All Overhead Assembly Personnel

Construction Trades: Painters, Electricians, Carpenters, Sheet Rockers, Ceiling Installers, HVAC Workers

Recreational Uses: Rock Climbers (Belayers Neck), Birdwatchers (Warblers Neck), Sailors (Trimmers Neck), Astronomers

Governmental Uses: City, State & Federal, Military Applications

Maintenance: Airline, Building, Transportation

Other Trades: Utility Crews, Tree Trimmers, Automotive Mechanics

Overhead Work Neck Support Neck Support Doctor’s Perspective

It has always been difficult to treat patients with neck problems related to working overhead. Interventions would prove beneficial, however, continued working conditions involving repetitive stress to the neck would require constant attention.

I wish that a neck support like this would have been available earlier during my many years of practice. I am sure it would have help prevent the long term consequences of continued neck compression often resulting in early degenerative changes in the disc and posterior vertebral joints, shortening of the neck muscles which are resistant to neck pain treatment and decreased productivity at work.

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I am confident that this support can reduce the risk of prolonged neck extension injuries, improve worker safety, health and comfort, increase job performance, morale and productivity, while reducing lost workdays, thereby, reducing Workers’ Compensation costs.

Pain From Working Overhead

Because neck and shoulder pain is a common problem for those who work overhead with the arms elevated above the shoulders, a 2015 study in the journal Work examined the effects of working overhead in relation to height and distance. They found both height and distance of overhead work were problematic, however, height caused more increased activity of the neck and shoulder muscles than distance.

The authors used electromyography to test the muscles involved; the deltoid, anterior serratus, trapezius and sternocleidomastoid. These muscles are frequently a cause of neck and shoulder pain and working in overhead postures significantly increases the activity of these muscles.

A 2014 study in the journal Ergonomics evaluated a wearable assistive device for overhead work. The device reduced perceived discomfort by 50% and was confirmed by electromyography

Overhead work (working with arms at or above the shoulder) places complex strains and stresses on tissues in the neck and upper extremities. This can result in impaired circulation and compression of tendons. This type of work is often found in industries involving tasks like attaching components to a vehicle underbody, drilling to attach anchor bolts and applying fasteners inside an aircraft fuselage, and other situations requiring overhead drilling in construction. Among several positive benefits, the device facilitated less extreme upper extremity working postures and reduced physical demands.

The Overhead Work Neck Support does not restrict a worker’s mobility

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A 2012 study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found a significant increase in the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles when working overhead with the head in extension. They found overhead work to be a risk for musculoskeletal injuries, also documenting increased strain on the rotator cuff of the shoulders. They also found increased strain using both hands overhead as compared to one.

A 2012 study in Industrial Health found that cervical range of motion decreased significantly with a short period of overhead work from tightness around the neck and shoulder muscles. Clinically reliable, cervical motion range is considered the most sensitive measure of the risk of neck pain.

A 2023 study in Human Factors found external support produced significant delay in fatigue onset in sternocleidomastoid muscles during overhead work and using an ergonomic intervention support can subsequently be used to alleviate postural demands and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

For those who find it difficult or impossible to avoid working overhead, whether during daily activities or industrial tasks, the Overhead Work Neck Support is highly recommended to reduce the risk factors for neck and shoulder pain.

Author Bio

Stephen Ornstein, D.C. has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Sherman Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy from Dr. Hanne Albert, PT., MPH., Ph.D., Myofascial Release Techniques from Logan Chiropractic College, and learned Active Release Technique from the founder, P. Michael Leahy, DC, ART, CCSP.