Can some Headaches be associated with Poor Posture?
In this video we are exploring the link between some headaches and posture. Poor posture can be the link to some persistent headaches and when this issue is addressed, the headaches often improve.
There are many reasons why headaches can occur. As long as any serious causes of the headache are ruled out and things like dehydration are also addressed, then we can start looking at some functional, mechanical or postural problems in the neck.
Our chiropractors firstly evaluate posture and then evaluate the alignment of the spine and the presence any joint dysfunction. It is important to address mechanical, functional and postural issues that a person presents to us with. We often find that the postural imbalances from postural disturbances are missed and can be the final piece of the puzzle to help that person.
The postural distortion that we are referring to in this video is the ‘PROXIMAL CROSS SYNDROME’. This posture is a functional issues where we see imbalances in muscles in the upper body. Imagine a person from the side (profile) and draw a cross through their upper body.We have some muscles that are tight, the pectoralis muscles in the front upper chest and the trapezius and levator scapulae muscles in the upper part of the back. We also get weakening of the deep neck flexors, that sit in the front of the neck and the scapular or shoulder blade stabilising muscles in the middle back.
Common causes of ‘PROXIMAL CROSS SYNDROME’ :
- after prolonged sitting or standing
- in the ‘flight or fight’ situation where one is about to ‘fight’ or run for our lives, due to a perceived threat. This threat in modern society does not come in the form of a lion or wildebeest, but in the form of traffic, deadlines, or juggling too many things in our daily life.