Can Poor Posture Contribute to Headaches?

The answer is yes, absolutely. Headaches result from a complex mix of physiological and psychological reasons that can seem as limitless as the pain that they cause. These factors are further exacerbated by the lifestyles we lead: the foods we consume, activities we pursue and stresses we exert on our body each day. At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we want to stack the odds in your favor by defeating headaches through prevention. Because your headache reflects your lifestyle, it is worth looking at what you do to your body on a daily basis and how this contributes to your condition. One way to do positively affect headache pain is through conscientious good posture.

As hours pass you by in the office, intangible stresses are accumulating, leading you to lean your head forward toward the screen. The back now rounds and the shoulders tighten into a tense position. Rather than being centered and balanced above the spine, the head is now contributing exponentially more stress to the back, requiring muscles in the neck and shoulder to compensate. In this position, muscle spasms ensue and the pain is referred to the nerves in your head and voila, you have a headache.

Surely this is a simple example, but it is overlooked by many of us who spend or days deskbound. For ways to break these cycles of accumulated stress and headache, give our office in Fremont a call at (510) 656-9077.

Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C. 

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