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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas Burge

How Posture Affects Headaches🧠| Surrey Chiropractor Near Me!

Good posture is essential for overall health, yet many of us struggle with maintaining it throughout the day. Poor posture, especially during long hours of sitting, can lead to various health issues, one of the most common being headaches.

When we sit or stand with poor posture, it often leads to muscle tension and strain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. This tension can cause cervicogenic headaches, which originate in the cervical spine and radiate to the head. A study published in the journal Cephalalgia found that forward head posture significantly increases the risk of chronic headaches😫 (Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, Cuadrado, & Arendt-Nielsen, 2007).

Moreover, slouching or hunching over can compress nerves and blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the brain. This can lead to tension-type headaches, which are characterized by a dull, aching pain around the forehead or back of the head. According to the American Migraine Foundation, improper posture can also exacerbate migraine symptoms, making them more frequent and severe.

👍Good posture, on the other hand, helps maintain the natural curves of the spine, reducing the risk of muscle strain and nerve compression. Practicing good ergonomics, such as keeping the computer screen at eye level and using supportive chairs, can significantly reduce the likelihood of posture-related headaches.

Incorporating regular breaks to stretch🙆‍♂️ and move around, and being mindful of your posture throughout the day, can prevent the onset of headaches caused by poor posture. So next time you feel a headache coming on, check your posture—it might be the key to relief.

Need help with your postural headaches, neck pain, low back pain, headaches, or numbness and tingling contact us at 604-535-7373 or ~ Dr. Burge

  1. Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, C., Cuadrado, M. L., & Arendt-Nielsen, L. (2007). Forward head posture and neck mobility influence headache clinical parameters. Cephalalgia, 27(8), 962-967.

  2. American Migraine Foundation. (n.d.). The Role of Posture in Headaches. Retrieved from American Migraine Foundation


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