Many of us go throughout our day with poor posture and if you’re lucky you’ll remember to correct it every once in a while. What we don’t realize is just how much this has an effect on the different pains that we experience. When we have perfect posture, the weight of the is balanced and that reduces stress on the neck. When we develop forward head posture, it strains the neck and increases the weight of the head due to the effects of gravity. For every one inch your head moves forward, the weight of the head over the body doubles. Forward head posture also increases stress on the cervical spine, causes muscle overload, a hunched upper back, hyperflexion, and hyperextension. Over time, this causes more pain, greater risk for spinal degeneration, reduced mobility, and muscle imbalances.
This is a such a common issue because these days we are constantly hunched over texting, typing on computers, driving, cooking, and eating. When you tilt your head, you are also moving your shoulders into a rounded position which creates wear and tear and on the spine, neck, and back. This stress manifests into pain and discomfort, and not just to the upper half of your body. Other common conditions that are a result of bad posture include headaches/migraines, TMJ, asthma, allergies, fibromyalgia, insomnia, sore chest muscles, numbness or tingling of the hands and arms, disc degeneration, trigeminal neuralgia, hip, knee, and foot pain. This is just a short list of known physical side effects, not even touching on how it can affect your energetic body. When we have poor posture, it is because we are disembodied and unaware of the way we are holding/supporting ourselves.
It is vital to your long-term health that you address forward head posture and the first step is developing awareness. Being mindful of correct posture or neutral alignment and sitting up straight is a good place to start. You should also avoid any prolonged posture and try to get in various positions throughout the day or take breaks from staring at your screen to do chin and neck stretches. Here is a link for 3 exercises to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C-wfv27bzI. Good posture is not only good for the health of your spine, but it is also good for your mood. Researchers have found that standing up straight elevates serotonin levels and it decreases your cortisol levels, which is a hormone that affects your mood. Fortunately, most of the pain caused by poor posture can be eliminated by using simple measures.
Another important resource for alleviating pain and correcting this learned behavior is doing regular Harmonic Egg sessions. Harmonic Egg is a resonant light and sound-chamber that assists reducing pain and inflammation, encourage bodily awareness, stimulating the destruction of virus and bacteria, regenerating tissue and tendons, promote cellular homeostasis, stimulates accelerated healing of wounds and bones, and improves circulation and heart health. Who doesn’t need at least one of those things?
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