• Your Headaches May Be Caused by Poor Posture

    on Aug 28th, 2018

The National Headache Foundation reports that over 37 million Americans suffer from migraines.

An occasional headache is certainly nothing to worry about. Yet, a headache that occurs day after day is draining. Migraines are even more disruptive, and the medications used to treat them usually make you tired.

There are plenty of reasons you could be suffering from frequent headaches, but one you may not have considered is poor posture.

In fact, incorrect posture does more harm than just making you look hunched over your desk.

A Link Between Poor Posture and Headaches

If you’ve ever suffered from a migraine, chances are you’ve done everything you can to find and stop any potential triggers. Whether it’s ditching your favorite perfume, giving up your favorite food, or even banning chocolate from the house. Yet, researchers have found that the one trigger you might have overlooked is posture.

Incorrect posture and headaches are connected. In other words, the way you stand and sit influences both the severity and frequency of your headaches.

In today’s texting, typing, head-down world, our heads seem to be constantly forward, and this can trigger migraines or headaches.

If you’re tired of feelings of tightness, dullness, and pressure in your forehead or squeezing and stiffness at the back of your head and neck, there is good news. With correct posture, you may be able to cut down on both the frequency and the severity of your headaches.

Curing Headaches and Migraines with Correct Posture

One of the first things to do to improve your posture and create a body that is less prone to headaches and migraines is to make a concerted effort to drop your shoulders down to the ground as often as you can. If you type on a computer all day or spend copious amounts of time hunched over your phone, laptop, or tablet, chances are you are hunching your shoulders upward without realizing it.

What’s more, you need to start sitting up straight, whether it’s while you’re watching TV at home or sitting in your office chair.

Don’t be shy to take frequent breaks during the day either so that you can change your posture and give your spine the chance to move through a range of positions. Exercises that are designed to strengthen your core muscles are also good for correcting your posture.

Stand in front of a mirror, and observe your posture closely. Go through the movements of lifting something heavy, and take a good look at your spine and overall posture.

Ready to make more improvements?

Actionable Tips for Improving Your Posture

As for spending hours on your mobile devices, use these tips for better posture:

If you experience frequent headaches, it may be time to realign your spine and work on your posture. Book an appointment at McGowen Medical Centers today to begin your journey toward a better posture.

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