As a Chiropractor, I often get asked if poor posture may be contributing to a patient's persistent headaches. My answer is always the same, which is - "quite possibly." You see, there are many reasons for why a person may be experiencing headaches and it's very important to establish a diagnosis early rather than later. 

Obviously there are several possible causes ranging from sinister life threatening strokes to simple and benign tension-type headaches. And yes, those annoying tension-type headaches can certainly be aggravated and brought on by poor posture, particularly with forward rolled shoulders when sitting at a desk for example. When the upper back rolls forward into a "kyphotic" posture, the head translates forward placing unnecessary strain on the neck musculature. These muscles get overworked, leading to tightness, which subsequently reduces overall joint motion of the neck itself, and pain is referred to the head. Saying "just sit up straight" to these pa...

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