Ergonomics is the study of the posture and positioning of your body. Millions of people are suffering from headaches every day that are related to their posture. Whether it’s an assembly line, a computer, a tablet, or your phone, you’re likely spending a lot of time looking down. Research has found that up to 20 pounds of pressure is placed on the neck for every inch the chin extends forward or down. This increased pressure can irritate the tissues of the neck leading to everything from premature degenerative changes to chronic headaches.
Why it Matters:
Maintaining healthy posture not only helps reduce the stress and pressure on the spinal joints of your neck, it also helps dramatically reduce your headaches. The first step in regaining proper posture is to establish normal motion. Our care is focused on finding the areas of your musculoskeletal system that aren’t moving correctly and gently helping them regain their normal range of motion. After we’ve worked with you to restore proper movement, we can then focus on strengthening the supporting muscles. This personalized type of care is how we’ve been able to help many people (just like you!) establish better posture and reduce the frequency and severity of their headaches.
-Every inch of forward head posture adds up to 20 lbs. of pressure on your neck.
-This added pressure can contribute to tension headaches.
-Research has shown that the type of Chiropractic care we provide in our office can dramatically improve your posture and, in turn, reduce your headaches.
Take a look around your workstation the next time you’re at the office. Is it set up in a way that’s ergonomically correct? If not, or if you’re not sure, just let us know.
Dr. Daniel Yinh is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and can help you and your co-workers have an awesome day at work, while at the same time staying healthy, productive, and safe.
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