Poor posture can lead to headaches

Monday, November 18, 2019

Everyone considers the cause of their headaches is something out of their control. Almost everyone suffers from headaches and relates it with issues regarding work, children, spouse, bills, etc.


But have you an idea that reasons for headaches could also be:

  • The way we sit during work
  • The way we type on the computer
  • The way we hold our phone

All of these habits and other daily tasks, if we do not perform correctly, contribute to headaches.

What causes headaches?

People get a headache due to so many reasons. Muscles tightness and tension are common reasons for headaches, especially tension headaches. This tightness surrounds all over the neck and head, and its cause is bad posture. The muscles try to adapt to the constraints, which we put on them with our bad sitting and working positions.

What is posture?

Posture is the arrangement of body parts analogous to each other. The posture and muscles that control it make us able to stop falling. There are two types of posture. Dynamic, that explains how a person holds his/her self during moving, walking, bending, and running. A static posture that defines how we hold ourselves while sitting, standing, and sleeping.

How postures affect our health?

From pain level to self-confidence, good posture impacts more than we think. Slouching or slumping over due to bad posture can cause:

  • Misalignment of the musculoskeletal system
  • Decreases body flexibility
  • Causes a neck, shoulders, and back pain
  • Make it harder to breathe and digest your food.
  • Causes headache

Good posture reduces headaches:

Posture and headaches are interconnected, and the severity of headaches depends upon the way that a person stands and sits. Bad posture causes a headache that is called tension headaches. By improving posture, we can reduce headaches and their frequency. For posture improvement, one needs to follow the following tips:

  • Slouching adds stress to your spine. To avoid strain on bones, joints, and muscles, it is necessary to hold backbone at its place.
  • Standing up tall also prevents from posture problem. Stand with knees straight, tucked belly, and shoulders back improve spinal health.
  • Slumping at your desk during work, invites back pain and headache. Protect the natural curve of your spine. Try to keep rolled-up towels or lumbar cushions behind back to protect the spine's natural curve.
  • Tilting down your head on your smartphone strains your spine. Be aware of the Text neck and lift the phone for a better view and move eyes to check your smartphone rather than your neck.
  • Slacking is not allowed, not even for naptime. Choose a firm mattress, use a thin pillow while sleeping straight. Side sleepers should bend their knees slightly but never hug them.
  • Save heels for big nights only and regular exercise and tone your abs to get a perfect posture.
  • Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce headaches by improving posture.

Chiropractic Care:

Regular chiropractic care also helps you to keep your spine aligned to reduce headaches. Centenary Chiropractic Center helps you to increase flexibility, overall wellness, and heal the back pain. Call us today and book an appointment.