The Best Neck Posture And
Shoulder Posture To Relieve Neck Pain…
Have you ever noticed how many people have terrible neck posture? One of the most common faulty postures is called “forward head carriage.” Other names for this BAD posture is “hump back” or slouching.
There are many reasons why many people have bad head and neck posture. One reason is that the weight of your head is, on average… about 10-13 pounds. At this weight, if your head is positioned too far forward, the muscles in your upper back and neck tighten up much more than normal. These tight muscles then get tired or fatigued after a while… and become painful… resulting in neck pain.
Also, your muscles that attach to your skull have different degrees of strength. These muscles also attach and pull at different angles. These factors contribute to the common… but BAD… forward head posture.
PLUS… your chest muscles are much stronger than those in your mid and upper back. These stronger chest muscles tend to pull your shoulders forward. The pictures above offer a good view of both BAD head and neck posture as well as a GOOD head and neck posture. Notice the forward shift in the line in the pictures of BAD posture. Now notice the backward shift in the line in the pictures with GOOD posture.
For you to have GOOD posture, your head should be resting comfortably right on top of your neck… and you should be able to have a straight vertical line starting from your ear opening down to your shoulders. For most people… to get this posture… they have to pull their heads back and pull their shoulders back.
Besides being bad for your neck and shoulders,
forward head carriage and forward shoulders
also constrict your heart and lungs.
Over time… these BAD postures will cause you to have less room for your heart and lungs. As you can imagine, this will have a NEGATIVE effect on your overall health. Your lungs and your heart will NEED to work much harder. Eventually… if your BAD postures are not corrected… you will notice problems with your heart function and your lung function.
ASK A FRIEND TO LOOK AT YOU FROM THE SIDE AND COMPARE YOUR POSTURE WITH THE ABOVE PICTURES.
If you have one of the BAD postures above, you SHOULD correct them right away. If you do a lot of reading, desk work, computer work or driving, you are more likely to suffer from bad postures.
Look around you. Who else has bad head, neck and shoulder posture? If you talk to your friends and family about the proper posture that you just learned, you might just save them from years of suffering with neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and maybe even heart and lung problems.
It’s important for you to understand that correcting bad postures takes time. In fact, it takes a minimum of 3 months before this becomes an automatic new “habit.” Of course, it could take longer… or completely fail IF you are not VERY conscientious about CONSTANTLY reminding yourself to position your posture as shown above in the GOOD posture images.
HERE’S AN EXERCISE THAT YOU CAN DO TO CORRECT YOUR BAD POSTURE:
While looking straight ahead… retract or push back your chin and head as far back as you can. Hold that position for 5-10 seconds. Doing this multiple times a day… especially when you feel your neck and/or shoulder muscles getting TIGHT.
If the posture correction exercise that you just learned… is PAINFUL or DIFFICULT for you to do… this most likely means that you have joints in your neck and shoulders that are inflamed, misaligned or not moving properly. If this is the case for you, call us at (831) 475-8600. Your neck and upper back may need to be treated first before you can succeed in correcting your bad head, shoulder and neck posture.