There are many different types of headaches with symptoms ranging from mild to moderately achy or throbbing pains often associated with dysfunction in your neck.
Other than some visual causes from staring at the computer screen, most desk-sitting causes of headaches are due to muscular imbalances of the neck and upper torso region. The result is muscular tightness of the deep occipital muscles, which leads to “tension” type headaches. Typically the headache feels like it is behind your eyes or at the base of your skull.
Research has demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments can not only have an immediate effect on these headaches but also have a long-lasting effect.
We use various safe and effective techniques to help treat and manage headaches. We have had success treating both acute and persistent headaches.
The problem with the forward head posture is that it places excessive stress on the posterior neck muscles to hold the head up. The head weighs, on average, 8-12 lbs, so imagine holding a 10 lb bowling ball with your arms stretched out in front of you versus close to your chest. The 10lbs feels a lot heavier when held away from your chest because the force of gravity becomes greater due to an increased distance from the fulcrum or center of gravity.
If your head is set forward a couple of inches, this places the head forward of the center of gravity and places the deep posterior neck muscles at a biomechanical disadvantage.
The Upper Crossed Syndrome can also lead to mid-back pain, shoulder pain and other pain syndromes. One way to prevent this cause of headaches is to ensure chest/shoulder flexibility, mid-back strength, posterior neck flexibility and activation of the deep neck flexors.
If you currently suffer from headaches, you should get evaluated and possibly treated for this condition. Treatment methods include:
- Chiropractic care
- Active Release Technique
- Corrective exercises
- Ergonomic advice