Is Your Neck Pain Due to Poor Head Posture?
By Sara Butler
Do you get home in the evening and just feel exhausted? Does your neck hurt or do you frequently suffer from headaches? If you answered yes to those questions, then it may be due to your neck posture. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see many people in their offices complaining of frequent headaches, fatigue, and other problems. Many times, the culprit is poor posture. Here’s what you need to be on the lookout for when it comes to your neck posture and how your chiropractor can help.
Forward Head Posture
When your head is situated right, your ear should line up over your shoulder. If your ear is in front of your shoulder, then you may be struggling with forward head posture. This position puts a lot of stress and strain and your neck and shoulders. Each inch your head is forward, weight is added to your neck, shoulders, and upper back, requiring them to work harder to keep your head upright.
Lifestyle conditions don’t help forward head posture, either. Many people spend hours working at a computer each day or using handheld electronic devices. Those scenarios, as well as spending too much time in the car or holding your phone to your ear with your shoulder, can cause forward head posture and result in some discomfort for you.
What You Can Do
When it comes to improving forward head posture, you must:
- Go to the chiropractor regularly – Regular adjustments have been shown to be effective in helping to reverse this condition, helping to reduce pain and prevent further problems.
- Stretch – You should get up at least once an hour to stretch and move around, no matter what you’re doing.
- Limit screen time – You and your kids both need to put a limit on the amount of time you spend in front of the television, whether that’s playing games or just watching a show.
- Focus on posture – Be aware of your posture as you go through your day, make sure you’re sitting up, keeping your head in a neutral position.
- Sleep with the right pillow – You should have a pillow that supports your neck and keeps your spine in a neutral alignment. If your pillow pushes your head up or lets it drop down, then it can cause neck issues.
If you’re worried that you may have symptoms related to forward head posture, then talk to your chiropractor at The Joint today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wayne, N.J.