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Headaches – Poor Posture May Be To Blame

Poor posture may be causing us headaches, discomfort and stiffness.  Headaches can be debilitating and prevent us from playing with our children, having dinner with our families, and completing our daily tasks such as doing the dishes or laundry.

How is your posture?  Many of us have sedentary jobs at a desk and/or use mobile technology for day-to-day communications. Think about how you sit when you do these things.  It’s easy for us to slip into a poor posture when we’re mindlessly reading emails or sending texts.  If our posture issues are not addressed, it can contribute to neck pain, stiffness, nagging headaches, trouble standing up and other painful issues that will prevent us from being able to make that concert with friends or a family gathering.  It may even keep us home and unable to go to work and will, most likely, continue to recur.

Neck discomfort is no longer just an ‘adult issue. People of all ages need to be more aware of their postures at work and at home. What happens to our neck when we sit on a computer or use a smartphone or iPad for too long? Think about this: for every inch that our head is tilted forward, there is twice the amount of pressure being placed through our spine. Forward head posture can place unnecessary strain on our neck muscles and even cause disc protrusions and pinched nerves. These conditions result in increased pain in the back of our neck, headaches and even nerve symptoms such as numbness and tingling radiating down our arms.

We can see that when neck discomfort isn’t handled right away, there is a trickle down effect. There are some simple adjustments we can make in our daily life to prevent neck problems.

  • Break up the time we sit in one position for a prolonged period of time, especially when our spine isn’t in proper alignment.
  • Be aware of our head position when we sit. The longer we sit, the more tired our muscles get and the more our posture will slouch.
  • If we are on the computer for work for multiple hours a day, it is advisable to get up every hour and move about for 2-5 minutes.  This goes for anyone who spends a lot of time on their electronic devices at work or at home.
  • If we sit at a desk, make sure our back is supported, keep our computer monitor at eye level and place our feet flat on the ground.

Physical therapy is a very effective treatment method to relieve headaches FOR GOOD and improve joint mobility and posture.

At Loudoun Sports Therapy Center, our Physical Therapists will create an individualized treatment plan specific to your needs to help alleviate and prevent your headaches from recurring.

CALL Loudoun Sports Therapy Center TODAY at 703-450-4300 to set up your personalized evaluation and treatment plan.  CLICK HERE for more on how we can help you. 


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