Impact of Misalignment on Headaches & Neck Pain
Problems occur when the natural alignment is lost, and replaced by poor posture. Sadly, this is increasingly more common as more people develop ‘tech neck’ an aptly named phenomenon that describes the forward head posture developed from constantly adopting bad posture while interacting with technology. This could be consistently staring down at your phone during the day, on your commute, it could be laying down with your head propped up as you watch Netflix in the evening, or it could be slouching at your desk to look at your computer – whether that’s leaning forward hunched over your computer, or leaning back in your chair to look at the screen. All of these behaviours cause the ligaments in your spine to remodel the alignment of your spine and adapt to this new stress. The muscles that would support your back in its correct position begin to weaken as they’re no longer being used effectively, and hence the poor posture becomes comfortable because the muscles are no longer strong enough to comfortably hold you in a good posture.
What Effect Does Poor Posture Have On Your Body?
Forward head posture starts to irritate the joints in the back of your neck where the nerves travel from your spine into your skull. You may at this point start to experience discomfort on the back of your skull, as well as across the forehead and perhaps pain behind the eyes as well. It’s sometimes referred to as a tension headache, or a cervicogenic headache.
How Do You Fix Poor Posture?
To fix this kind of issue, it’s definitely worth doing your research to figure out if a local practitioner to you has a comprehensive understanding of X-rays and how the spine can be remodelled back into a more ideal position. We see very often patients who have seen practitioners who don’t have a more thorough understanding of X-rays or who don’t refer for imaging where it is necessary, they can often assume a patient’s neck is in a certain position and prescribe certain exercises to help. Often this can involve exercises like chin tucks, where the aim is to directly push the posture of the neck backwards. For the patient where it’s a simple forward head posture but the curve has been retained, this would work quite effectively. It’ll take the pressure off the spine and the base of the skull – it would also help the headaches. But, if you’ve actually lost the curve in the neck and it’s become straight but leaning forwards, this exercise doesn’t instil any curve again and therefore can put the spine in a different position – but an equally bad position as before. It’s important to be mindful of the experience of the practitioner you’re seeing to make sure they fully understand your case and be able to back up why the exercises they’re recommending are specifically good for you.
Resolving Incorrect Spinal Alignment
If you’re experiencing this kind of issue, you really need to find a treatment modality that will take the pressure off the spine, as well as a more long-term treatment strategy to re-instill the curve back into the neck. This will allow you to everyday be doing something that will be opening up these spaces in the neck, not just in a treatment session, so you’re not further irritating the nerves and giving yourself a headache. Here at The Mayfair Clinic, our spinal decompression treatment can be particularly helpful as it cradles the skull as it performs a very gently stretch on the neck to open up that disc space in a very controlled and effective way. For a patient that is compressed in the neck area, this will often feel very relieving and can often give immediate pain relief. Our vibration treatment can be particularly effective on the tight upper back and shoulder muscles that often accompany bad posture, while the laser can help to immediately soothe the area and work deep down to heal any irritation that has occurred. In the long-term, we integrate spinal remodelling using dennerolls into our treatment, so the patient has a tool they can use on a daily basis to re-instill correct posture and move their spine back into a more ideal position to give them relief for the future and reduce any risk of re-injury.
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