We all know we are supposed to sit up straight, but lets face it... after 2 hours of staring at the computer screen, even the most posture-perfect ballerina will slouch! When you add gravity to the mix, every extra degree of slouching exponentially increases the weight of the head. Leaning forwards by 10 degrees can increase the gravitational force so the neck has to support the equivalent of a 20kg head! No wonder posture is such hard work.
Good posture is supposed to be dynamic, not a rigid stance like you are strapped to a ramrod straight pole! Posture is all about minimising the strain that accumulates in our body over time and improving the endurance of the muscles that hold us upright against gravity. Assessing your work habits and environment can also help you improve your posture and reduce the strain on your neck. Maybe you would benefit from having your eyes checked to stop you peering forwards with your nose touching the screen and your neck at an awkward angle.
Please let your physiotherapist know if you are concerned about the effect of posture on your neck pain. We will provide a thorough assessment of how your body works and what you need to do to reduce your discomfort. You may feel like we pull you completely apart like a jigsaw puzzle that needs to be put back together in the right way, but hang in there... together with the team at The Headache, Neck & Jaw Clinic, you'll get on top of your posture!
Author: Karri Field