Is Your Head Posture to Blame for Neck Pain?
Dealing with frequent neck or shoulder pain? We can help you regain proper head posture.
You feel exhausted at the end of the day. Your neck always hurts. You have frequent headaches, and maybe even fibromyalgia. Have you wondered if head posture could be the cause?
All About Forward Head Carriage
When your head is positioned correctly, the opening to your ear is centred over your shoulder. If your ear opening is off centre and is located to the front of the shoulder, you have forward head posture, also known as forward head carriage. For every inch that your head is off centre, extra unnecessary weight is exerted on the muscles in your neck and upper back, making them work harder just to keep your head up!
Unfortunately, today’s lifestyle contributes to this condition far too often. Workers hunched over their computers all day, children watching television and playing video games, cradling the phone between your ear and your shoulder and driving in the car for long periods of time can all cause forward head posture. Left untreated, this condition can cause disc compression and poor health.
How You Can Help Yourself? Follow our top 3 tips below.
- Daily Exercise’s.
Alongside regular Receive regular chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care has shown to be effective in reversing forward head posture, reducing pain and preventing further deterioration of the spine.
- Ensure your workspace is ergonomic
When you have a busy work schedule it’s easy to forget to get up and stretch. Ensuring you regularly move and give your body regular breaks is key to helping ease your posture problems. Try to get up and stretch every 15-20 minutes if you sit at a desk during the day. Don’t forget to focus more on your posture, making sure you are sitting up straight with your head in an upright position.
- Sleep on a cervical pillow
Cervical pillows are specifically made to help maintain the proper curve in your cervical spine. The main benefit from using this style pillow is plays a huge part to helping your posture whilst you sleep. It can even improve your sleep by relieving tense muscles in your neck and shoulders further improving the blood flow to your head.
If you’re concerned about forward head posture and you have neck or back pain, headaches, muscle weakness, or fatigue, consider contacting us for an appointment.