COULD POOR POSTURE BE CAUSING THOSE MIGRAINE ATTACKS?
“Sit up straight.” “Don’t slouch.” “Bend at the knees when lifting.” These are all common phrases we have heard from early childhood right through to our adult lives, but perhaps there is a lot of wisdom to be found here.
If you are experiencing migraines or frequent headaches, poor posture could be the culprit. Our modern lives are largely to blame for this. Hunching over computers, sitting in cars for hours on end and sprawling on the sofa can all lead to back and neck pain which ultimately leads to a migraine.
TYPES OF HEADACHES CAUSED BY POOR POSTURE
Poor posture can often be the cause of neck-related and tension headaches. These are the headaches that attack the scalp or the neck due to muscle tension. In short, these are the most common type of headaches.
Neck-related headaches are usually caused by inflammation of the facet joints in the upper and middle parts of your neck. This in turn can cause tension that triggers a migraine.
ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?
Let’s start with how you spend your day. Do you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or are you more active during a typical day?
If you are seated at a desk, is your chair comfortable? Is it designed to support your back and reduce tension in your neck? Neck tension is one of the early triggers for migraines and can be painful enough in itself.
If you spend a lot of time on your feet, do you have a tendency to slouch when you walk? Are you standing for long periods of time without a rest, or standing in one place?
We are also slaves to 24 hour syndrome – a good example is shopping for groceries when we should be asleep, just because the supermarket is open. All in all, it’s the perfect recipe for continued and chronic headaches.
OTHER FACTORS THAT COULD BE CAUSING YOUR POOR POSTURE AND ASSOCIATED MIGRAINES, INCLUDE:
- POOR MUSCLE TONE
- HIGH HEELED SHOES
- WORK STATIONS THAT ARE INCORRECTLY SETUP
- CARRYING HEAVY BACK PACKS
- COUNTERTOPS THAT ARE TOO LOW OR TOO HIGH
- HOLDING A SMALL CHILD OR BABY
While you can’t always avoid picking up your children or eliminate stress, it is possible to make other lifestyle changes that can help you to improve your posture. Yoga, pilates or even jogging can help to keep your joints supple and your body active.
When you improve muscle tone, you will usually find that your natural stance changes. This can have a very positive effect on your posture and reduce the frequency of your migraine attacks.
Book a Consultation with phyxMe Physical Therapy
At phyxMe Physical Therapy, we specialize in diagnosing and treating all forms of migraine and headache because these symptoms are related to posture distortion the vast majority of the time. We can give you tailor-made advice on how to improve your posture, your lifestyle and your migraine symptoms.
Speak to us today for professional and personal advice and make your migraines a thing of the past. Call us at (773) 852-3335 or use our contact form to book a consultation.
Dr. Daniel Jacobazzi is the Clinic Director at phyxMe Physical Therapy and has been serving Chicago and North Center for nearly 20 years. He has completed professional degrees in both physical therapy and chiropractic and is uniquely suited to assist patients with posture and posture-related problems. His advanced training and medical curiosity combined with his extensive experience over nearly 20 years of practice, have made him a specialist in detecting and diagnosing underlying problems leading to migraines and other headache disorders.