Headache: Is Poor Posture Involved?

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 patients is easier said than done - as they need a short trial of chiropractic treatment to muscles and joints.

Symptoms may last from minutes to weeks - so it's important to get these headaches assessed quickly. There is no need to suffer - Chiropractors are properly trained to diagnose the cause of headache and refer to specialists if suspecting a major problem.

Concerning symptoms associated with headache include difficulty speaking/swallowing, dizziness, nausea, visual blurriness, vomiting, and hearing loss. If you are experiencing any of those listed, please seek medical care immediately.


Dr Ryan Coster at Chiro Clinic Moncton regularly treats tension-type headaches and upper back stiffness associated with poor posture. By providing treatment to Muscle and Joints, patients get relief from headaches and enjoy improved posture. Call (506) 852-3900 for an assessment.

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