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Jaw Pain? Posture Matters

Throughout the day the jaw takes a serious beating because of how much it is used. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMD prevalence in the U.S. is estimated at around 10%. 

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The Effect Of Forward Head Posture On The Neck

You know that little neck movement you make when you’re about to say “DUH” to someone? Or ever feel like your eyes are about 6 inches from the computer screen and the only way to see the words is to keep moving your head closer? Then after a while of holding that position, you start to get all stiff and sore around your neck? If you know what I’m talking about, you’ve felt the strain this position puts on your neck. This is known as forward head posture and can contribute to neck pain, headaches, pain between the shoulder blades, shoulder pain, and more.

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Ergonomic Tips For Desk Work

Prolonged use of a computer keyboard, mouse, and/or laptop can lead to nagging muscle aches and pains over time. Along with that, nerves can become compressed and irritated. When that happens, radiating pain may be felt down the arm into the fingers or down the leg into the toes. It’s important to note that these aches and pains don’t suddenly develop overnight. They are the result of sustained postures and positions repeated for weeks, months, or even years!

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Tension Headaches – Must Address These 2 Things

There are a variety of reasons cervicogenic headaches arise. They can begin shortly after some traumatic event such as a fall or following a whiplash injury like a car accident. However, more commonly these headaches develop over time from repetitive neck movements, prolonged poor posture, decreased cervical muscle strength, or osteoarthritis. The workplace is a major contributor, especially with jobs that require sitting at a desk or computer, frequent heavy lifting, or repetitive head movements.

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Thoracic Mobility To Prevent Shoulder Pain

Over the years there’s been a rise in desk work-related jobs along with more time spent on cell phones and other mobile devices. Sitting for long periods at a time or frequently looking down at our cell phones can lead to issues in the shoulder, neck, and back as time goes on. One example of this is Tech Neck, which I’m sure you’ve heard of! Most often these issues arise from repetitive postures and positions we develop over months to years rather than something that may have happened yesterday or two days ago.

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How Poor Posture Causes Neck Pain

The average human head weighs about 8 pounds. Each day we all walk around with a bowling ball (our head) balancing on a toothpick (our neck). We are designed this way to allow for the full range of motion we all know and love. Even under the best circumstances, this places a lot of stress on our spine. But leaning forward even just 15 degrees pushes that weight up to 30 pounds, and with a 30 degree tilt its closer to 40 pounds!

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