Tension Neck Syndrome (TNS)

Last updated: June 21, 2018

What Does Tension Neck Syndrome (TNS) Mean?

Tension Neck Syndrome, or TNS, describes a soreness or discomfort affecting the neck and shoulder muscles caused by poor posture, repetitive neck strain, and protracted periods of static positioning. Many people develop TNS within the workplace due to inferior ergonomic accommodations, extensive sitting throughout the day, and weak neck/shoulder musculature incurred by lack of motion.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Tension Neck Syndrome (TNS)

Tension Neck Syndrome, or TNS, refers to a debilitating and painful condition of the neck muscles; sometimes radiating to adjacent shoulder muscles limiting motion around its surrounding region. TNS is a fairly common problem in the workplace and is caused from various factors, but the condition is most prevalent in the workplace because of postural instability, poor ergonomics, and remaining stationary in one location for a lengthy amount of time.

However, TNS is a mostly avoidable circumstance at work through frequent breaks to loosen and stretch muscles and help to strengthen them combined with ergonomic accommodations such as firmly padded chairs designed to support spinal alignment. Proper treatment with consistent exercise and effective ergonomic control reduces the development of TNS, which translates into a more productive working environment.


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