Relieve Neck Pain Through Yoga

Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist and Nutritionist agrees with Mike Uhrlaub on the issue of Forward Head Syndrome.

September 9, 2015 By Mike Uhrlaub

Poor posture is the most common cause of neck pain. 20% of the adults in the United States suffer from chronic neck pain. Most of us spend hours sitting in front of the computer or driving in traffic every day.  This leads to muscle imbalances, weakness, and poor flexibility– key symptoms where forward Head Posture can occur.

Forward head posture is where the head is not aligned with the neck and shoulders. The head is actually sticking out in front of the shoulders causing the back to round out.  This causes the muscles of the neck, shoulders, upper back and chest to change how they work. [1]

Why is Forward Head Posture Bad?

 Forward head posture has direct implications for the head and neck. Some neck muscles become weakened, and others become contracted which leads to chronic muscle strain. Stretched ligaments place an imbalance of pressure on the discs in the neck. Over time, these structures become damaged and arthritis and disc problems can result.[2]

 

Do you have Forward Head Posture?

Stand with your back and heels against the wall and if the back of your head does not easily touch the wall you may have forward head posture.

Physical therapist Mike Uhrlaub has found yoga to be quite effective in teaching you proper postural awareness through improving your postural habits and body mechanics.  It also stretches the tight muscles and strengthens the weak ones to improve your posture.

At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, we create a unique program that is adequate to treat issues with the neck associated with Forward Head Posture.

Schedule an appointment today!

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Suite 1

Orange, CA 92868

[1] http://flex-pt.com/yoga-for-neck-pain-relief/

[2] http://www.necksolutions.com/blog/correcting-forward-head-posture/