Have you ever thought about what our bodies do daily? What muscles do we use over and over again, to eat and brush our teeth, or to sit upright at a desk or in the car? What muscles may be causing the pain we feel crawling up the back of our necks during the day?
Eat, work, sleep, repeat.
Most of the population have very repetitive movement patterns. How many times do we check our phones each day? Since we work with our arms out front, we create an imbalance in our bodies with our chest muscles being short and tight, and our middle and upper back muscles being long AND tight. Yes, we are tight in the front, AND in the back. We need to stretch the chest muscles that we don’t even register as being tight (until our massage therapist goes poking around in there). We also need to lengthen and strengthen the upper back muscles even though they feel like they need to be stretched.
We have a dominant leg and arm.
Most of us are not ambidextrous. We use one leg and one arm more than the other. If we pay attention to the location of our headaches, they likely appear more frequently on our dominant side. Part of our headache pain may be caused by a simple muscle imbalance.
Physically, we do a lot of work.
Our bodies endure our daily movement patterns and we are grateful that they do so.
However, we are muscularly out of balance not only between the front and back of our bodies, but also from the right to left side. Assessing the body and determining where we are imbalanced can help determine how our muscles may be causing neck and shoulder pain that leads to headaches. Knowing which muscles to strengthen and which to stretch can do wonders to alleviate pain. If you have not taken a good look at your front profile in a mirror, please do so. See your posture from an outsiders perspective.