Have you ever stopped to think about the effects of what you do in day to day life, how you hold yourself and your posture and the damaging effects poor posture can have upon you? Ergonomics is the study of the posture and positioning of your body. It sounds pretty boring until you consider that millions of people are suffering from headaches every day that are related to their posture! Whether it’s an assembly line, a computer, a tablet, or your phone, you’re likely spending a lot of time looking down. Research has found that up to 20 pounds (9 kgs) of pressure is placed on the neck for every inch (2.5cm) the chin extends forward or down. This increased pressure can irritate the tissues of the neck leading to everything from premature degenerative changes to chronic headaches. Poor posture can be life changing for all the wrong reasons!
why does posture matter?
Maintaining a healthy posture not only helps reduce the stress and pressure on the spinal joints of your neck, it also helps dramatically reduce your headaches. The first step in regaining proper posture is to establish normal motion. This is why Chiropractic adjustments are likely to become your new best friend! Our care is focused on finding the areas of your spine that aren’t moving correctly and gently helping them regain their normal range of motion. After we’ve worked with you to restore proper movement, we can then focus on strengthening the muscles that support your neck and back. This personalised type of care is how we’ve been able to help many people (just like you!) establish better posture and reduce the frequency and severity of their headaches.
- Every inch (2.5 cm) of forward head posture adds up to 20 lbs. (9kgs) of pressure on your neck.
- This added pressure can contribute to tension headaches.
- Research has shown that Chiropractic care can dramatically improve poor posture and, in turn, reduce your headaches.
your action list
Take a look around your workstation the next time you’re at the office. Is it set up in a way that’s ergonomically correct? Then, pay attention to how you are using your technology, your body and your neck. Or better yet, give our office a call on 94154606 to assess the effect that your lifestyle and even poor posture is having upon you.
After all an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Efficacy of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in the Perception of Pain and Cervical Motion in Patients with Tension-Type Headache: A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. (2014) 13, 4-13