CSA Physio Blog

Headache Relief

Posted on: February 10th, 2018 by Dawn Payne

Sometimes a headache can get you down and can take out out for the count. While there are many causes of headaches, there are also some really simple reasons people can get a headache.

One cause of a headache

One of the most common, non medical causes of headaches is due to poor posture. When your neck is in a bad position and there is constant stress on the neck joints, muscles and nerves. This can cause some really nasty headaches.

Often, poor posture can be caused by inadequate sitting support, poor ergonomic desk and computer set up, having a habit of being in a slouched posture, working in awkward positions, or weakness of the neck or back.

All of these causes contribute to your neck muscles shortening. The joints and nerves in your neck also get compressed. Muscles, joints and nerves can all cause a headache.

Try this first to get headache relief

Fortunately, there is a simple solution if your posture is causing a headache. You just need to sit and stand up tall! This can take a while to get used to and may feel foreign at first, especially if you’ve been in a poor posture for a long time.

To sit in a good posture, sit on a supportive, firm chair. You can put a roll in the small of your back to help you keep your head and neck in a good position.

When you work in awkward positions, be sure you take frequent breaks. You need to give your joints, muscles and nerves a break from the irritating postions. If your neck and back are weak, get some advice from an expereinced physiotherapist. The physio can give you specific exercises to strengthen the proper muscles and to lengthen those shortened muscles.

If your headache doesn’t resolve with correcting your posture and doing some exercises, you may need more hands on treatment from a physiotherapist.

I have attached a really helpful document to show you the best sitting postures and work station set up. There are some simple tools to keep your neck and back happy so you can be free of your headache! Click here to get the downloadable document.

I encourage you to take the time to practice being in a great, tall, upright posture even if you don’t have headaches. It will save you pain and other problems in the long run!

In health and wellness….


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