Staying connected to friends and family is easier than ever with social media. The tradeoff is that your daily screen time may be 1, 2, 3 hours or more. And let’s face it, a lot of those hours online are spent in an awkward forward head posture that experts have begun to call “tech neck.” It can result in neck pain, headaches, spinal disc issues, and even pinched nerves.
Poor posture of the upper back and neck will often result in pain, joint stiffness, and muscle tightness. The cervical spine and the supporting muscles become labored and stressed with a forward head posture. This is a common presentation when the chin protrudes forward rather than remaining in its proper position over the chest. At the spinal level, this can affect the joint movement which may result in wear and tear. An imbalance of the supporting muscles will most often result. The upper trap muscles are among those that become overactive and tight. Continue reading “A Simple Exercise for Neck and Upper Back Pain” »
Although there are over 150 classifications of headaches, most of those classifications will fall under tension related headaches. While tension headaches have many causative factors, the symptoms present very similar. Symptoms of a tension headache will include pain around the head and/or neck and may have associated neck muscle tightness. The pain will often be described as a dull or achy pain that may get worse as the day goes on. A tension headache will respond very well to manual therapy, but here a few other things to consider on your own. Continue reading “Self-Management for Headaches” »
Whiplash is a sudden forward, backward or, side to side movement of the head. This most often takes place during a motor vehicle accident but can also be the result of other accidents as well. This results is damage to the joints and soft tissues of the neck. Continue reading “Understanding Whiplash and Neck Pain” »
Headaches have many different classifications and can present in different ways. However most headaches are classified as tension-related. Tension refers to excessive contraction of musculature at the head, neck, or jaw. Many situations can affect the health and function of the muscles as well as the joints of the neck which have a direct relationship with the surrounding soft tissues. Continue reading “Understanding Headaches” »
Headaches (HA) can significantly alter a person’s quality of life. Moreover, they can interfere and sometimes even prevent an individual from performing important activities such as going to work, attending school, or participating in sports, music programs, and more. Continue reading “Management of Tension Headaches” »