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Forward Head Posture: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is a syndrome. That means that it is a collection of symptoms that lead to more specific diagnoses. FHP, defined simply, is when, in your resting posture, your head stays positioned in front of your shoulders. How far in front? Many definitions say that it occurs when the external auditory meatus (ear canal) is …

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Forward-Head Posture Overview

These people complain of neck pain, stiffness and headaches that come from their neck. It often creates problems with restricted breathing and pain that radiates into the chest, upper back and arms. Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is a syndrome. That means that it is a collection of symptoms that lead to more specific diagnoses. FHP, defined …

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Self Care – Forward-Head Posture

Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is also known as iHunch or iPosture because it is so often created by texting. Keep your hips against the back of the chair while sitting for long periods. The guy on this end of the picture is the worst but it isn’t just that his head is forward. The woman next …

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Self Care Tuck Tilt Turn Lift, Correct Forward-Head Posture

Tuck, Tilt, Turn, and Lift is an excellent exercise to correct Forward-Head Posture. This exercise also relieves Thoracic Outlet problems like swollen hands in the morning. Also, this process will reveal stiffness and pain that will help you more accurately target your neck problems. This series of stretches will help you sleep if you do …

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Therapist Notes – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid muscle is complex in its structure, function, and impact on regulation. In earlier editions of her manual, Travell refers to it as “Amazingly Complex.” Treatment, with lasting results, can be complex and require self-care follow-up. This muscle muscle crosses a number of joints and has complex nerve relationships. Learn more in this post …

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Self Care – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid is complex and produces many different symptoms. These self-care exercises work for any of the posts about sternocleidomastoid. Managing this muscle has benefits ranging from calming your anxiety to headaches around the brow, headache in the forehead, or getting rid of a nagging cough. This guy looks so sophisticated and peaceful, and I …

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Self Care – Seated Posture

There are a number of posts where I discuss problems created by poor seated posture, so here’s a post about how to sit to avoid creating problems. In this post, I explore 2 different approaches to minimize the pain and discomfort of sitting at a desk. First, actively sitting in a balanced posture and secondly, …

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Therapist Notes – Neck-ache, headache, eye-ache

Trigger points in the splenius cervicis near the third cervical vertebrae create this pattern. Neuromuscular therapy and direct release on the trigger point is more effective when preceeded by upper cervical releases. The tendons in the pocket between the trapezius and upper ribs also release more comfortably and with longer lasting results when the local …

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Headache with Tender Top of Neck While Turning

People complain about a tender spot at the top of the neck when they touch it while turning their heads. I have to admit, I find it interesting that they don’t complain about pain during an activity or in general. They usually complain that it is tender to touch. When I press them what touches …

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Self Care – Headache and Tender at Top of Neck when Turning Head

Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc. with your head on the arm of the couch. Also, avoid sleeping with a draft on your neck or with an awkward twist. If you’re traveling, us a pillow like the one below. Try using an Ice Pack. This problem often responds well to icing and stretching. …

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