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.
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!
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” »
It’s no secret that sitting too much can cause musculoskeletal problems or aggravate existing ones. Prolonged sitting causes stretching of our joint’s passive stabilizers, which are ligaments. The job of our ligaments are to support our joints, but when those ligaments begin to lengthen and stretch for an extended period of time, symptoms will develop. It has been shown that it can take several hours for your joints to recover and for normal tissue properties to be restored. Although quality chairs and supports may help, taking microbreaks from sitting are necessary. Continue reading “Sitting Too Much? Take a Microbreak” »
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” »
Do we approach poor posture in kids differently than adults? It isn’t any less important yet the method to fix it is often different. Adults with poor posture often lack mobility and flexibility in key areas. This is less of an issue in younger adults and children. So why do many kids still have poor posture? It is a result of what is called poor motor control. Think of this like a bad habit. Their bodies (hardware) are only doing what their brains (software) are telling them. It takes practice and repetition to fix it. Continue reading “Good Posture In Children” »