Why do so many people with forward head posture complain of headaches? It is true that many people who struggle with recurring headaches in America today do indeed have forward head posture and slumped shoulders. Obviously there are many causes of headaches, but the suboccipitals (those muscles that connect from your cervical spine to the base of your skull) are one of the primary culprits.
Notice in Figure 1 just how many areas of your body are affected by constantly sitting in a flexed position at the computer. If you look at letter A in Fig 1. notice how the head wants to look downward but the eyes in an effort to remain level extend the head backwards creating a reverse C (lordosis) in the neck. This puts tremendous pressure on your spine and strains those sub-occipital muscles even more.
If this neck problem along with rounded shoulders and a tight back are to be dealt with so there is some long lasting success you need to work patterns and groups of muscles for overall balance. Some muscles are chronically tight (hypertonic) like pectorals, upper trapezius,sternocleidomastoid, anterior scalenes and suboccipitals. These muscles are in chronic spasm and contracture and need to be weakened. Other muscles such as rhomboids and serratus anterior are weak or inhibited which means they need to be strengthened.
You may not be able to name these muscles but you can sure feel them. We will review them before we start a treatment program if you suffer from these constantly flexed symptoms.
One of the most common complaints clients have is pain between the shoulder blades. This is many times caused by an imbalance between the upper trapezius, rhomboids and serratus anterior. One group of muscles is tight and overstretched while the other group is weak. A strategy must be developed to treat the strain pattern. Just working on trigger points or one group of muscles will give only temporary relief.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a wonderful self help tool that can help clients deal with pain and a variety of emotional issues. Below I have provided an easy to use introduction. Please read, explore, and call if you have any questions.
EFT is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. Here's how you can experience this for yourself:
Try EFT yourself by downloading a free starter package which includes starter manual @ www.emofree.com, It gives you all the basics and allows you to test drive EFT on your own issues (although at a beginner's level). If you like what you see and want to learn more or try a session give me a call. Caveat: For people who are emotionally or physically frail, qualified health professionals should be consulted before using any health procedure, including EFT.
Read the exhaustive list of actual cases on the website. These are written by clients, therapists and physicians and allow you to see EFTs possibilities through the eyes of both newcomers and professionals. Note the wide variety of successes. This is why you are encouraged to, "Try it on everything."
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Realign body structures
Strengthen and tone weak muscles
Prevention of pain and poor posture patterns of dysfunction created by muscle imbalance
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Did You Know?
Melatonin which is associated mainly with sleep also protects against several types of cancer particularly sex hormone mediated cancers of the breast and prostrate
Women recover more slowly from back pain than men and are more likely to develop chronic pain.
Caffeine reduces risk of not only Parkinson's and Alzheimer's but also MS
entree salads often have more calories than a burger and fries
treating gum disease which affects 85 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease, reduces risk of heart attack.
Spinal surgery rates are twice as high in the U.S, as in C and five times higher than in the UK.
Posture and Health
Poor posture can make your back ache and your shoulders tense, but it impacts other aspects of your health and well being. Hunching over can decrease your lung capacity, impair digestion, depress your mood and elevate stress hormones. Harvard researchers found that when men and women assumed a high powered posture with a straight spine and open shoulders, their cortisol levels decreased by 25%, and their testosterone increased by 19%, slouching had the opposite effect. Posture also affects your self confidence and the way others perceive you. So even though it seems to simple, standing straight with good posture can change many aspects of your health for the better. You can go on youtube and search for some easy exercises. Of course there are many massage techniques that can help restore alignment and move those rounded shoulders and curved spine back into the correct place.
Refer to the Tapping Chart below to tap on the correct acupuncture points. Just use two fingers and tap lightly on each point for five to seven seconds.
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