Why posture may be the cause of your headache!

With technology being readily integrated into everyday life, it has become commonplace to blame our headaches on the long hours spent in front of computers and other smart devices. However, little do most people know that poor posture is in fact a common cause of headaches.

A typical example of poor posture being the cause of a headache is the ‘forward head carriage’. That is, when the head starts to push forward beyond the shoulders; as the head moves forward whether it be from leaning closer to the monitor or hunching over to text, the behaviour of the neck and shoulder muscles starts to change. When this occurs, the neck muscles and upper body becomes imbalanced with some muscles growing tight while others grow weak. This can cause muscle strain placed in certain areas which can in turn cause inflammation and pain, thus triggering common migraines and headaches.

How can Chiropractic help alleviate headaches?

  • Chiropractors perform spinal manipulations and adjustments to improve overall spinal function. This helps alleviate stress on the spinal system.

  • Aside from manipulations,chiropractors provide advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercise and stretching techniques which can help relieve tension in the neck and upper back muscles.

  • Provide immediate relief in addition to preventing future headaches through adjustments and manipulations.

Frequent and ongoing headaches can detrimentally hinder one’s quality of life if left untreated. If you are experiencing headaches or know someone who suffers from headaches, it may be time to see a chiropractor. To seek relief and prevent future headaches from occurring, call us at Spinal Care Sydney Olympic Park on (02) 8964 6385. Alternatively, book online here.