Is how you sit affecting your neck?
I might not be a gambling man, but I would still bet confidently that well over half of you currently reading this post are viewing it on some kind of handheld device right this second.
From computers and laptops to smartphones and tablets, the world we live in today encourages looking down. Most people that come to our clinic come with a specific problem or ailment that they think is limited to a single issue. What they don’t consider is the underlying issue: poor posture and the effects of it on the body.
By consistently looking down, the nervous and muscular systems start to adapt and reorganize their priorities to support the head in poor posture. This adaptation can lead to many of the other problems we see come to the clinic. These problems include: headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, etc.
The main problem lies in the added forces placed on the muscles along your back from the base of your skull to the bottoms of your feet which make a kinetic chain that works as a system to support your movement. That increase of force will cause those muscles to get very overworked and tight, which then creates a pulling on the back of the skull and can lead to chronic tension headaches and neck pain.
At ProCare we refer to this condition as Forward Head Posture.
We have helped treat many patients with a variety of symptoms originating from it. Depending on the severity of the forward displacement we start with a combination of chiropractic adjustments, muscle release, and corrective exercises to focus on restoring normal mobility and then encouraging proper movement patters for support.