There are 3 major types of headaches:
Cluster and migraine headaches generally are due to a problem with the blood vessels while tension headaches are typically due to poor posture. Tension headaches usually cause a dull pain in the head, neck, temples, scalp or shoulders.
Forward head posture is a leading cause of neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. For every inch your head is located more forward from sitting right on top of your shoulders, the perceived weight of your head increases by 10 pounds.
Steps to improve posture:
- Set-up your work station to decrease strain on your neck.
- The top 1/3 of the screen should be even with your eyes.
- Elbows should rest comfortably by your sides.
- Hips should be slightly higher than your knees with your feet flat on the floor.
- Use a supportive neck pillow for sleeping.
- Perform neck stretches throughout the day.
- Perform postural strengthening exercises throughout the day.
If these steps do not improve your posture, schedule an appointment at Harbor Physical Therapy to address tight musculature and receive a catered exercise program based upon your presentation.