Workplace Headaches – Self Treatment

December 12, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Health & Fitness

If you're generally desk bound gazing at a P. C. all day you may be willing to getting headaches.

Rather than reaching for common headache treatment options like agony releif medicine, or manual care, try adjusting your workplace posture!

If you are experiencing headaches that start at the rear of your head and progressively migrate over your crown to the front of your head and finish up behind your eyes you might find that your work station is maybe the key culprit. Too many work stations have the desk too high or more usually the chair too low.

This is very common with shorter folks as they like to have their feet on the ground to help support. Frequently the chair is too low and should be raised and a foot stool might be required.

When the chair is too low the shoulders have to elevate to raise the hands, this action activates the levator scapulae muscles which draw the shoulder blades toward the ears.

As the muscles contract the bones of the upper neck are drawn closer together congesting neural and other vessel pathways. As this happens the head often sticks out forward enlarging the lordotic bending of the cervical spine, adding to the difficulty. If this action is held for sometime without a break the muscles fatigue and become terribly exhausted, achy and sore.

Over years, the joints in the upper spine can become barely worn out – degeneration of which makes symptoms more frequent, and more severe.

This insistent kind of poor posture could cause retro-orbital headaches (headaches that are behind your eyes) which can sometimes be significantly reduced by some easy little changes to the workstation:

1. The first thing to do is to raise the height of your chair so that your shoulders are hanging totally free with your elbows just barely higher than your wrists when you're typing or utilizing the mouse. You may need to obtain a foot stool as your feet must be supported.
2. Next raise the height of your computer screen so that the apex of your screen is at eye level. If you find you have got to lean forward to read your screen you can always augment the font.
3. Try and change your sitting position each 10 minutes and get out of your chair each 30 minutes.
4. If you are on the phone a lot try standing while you are on some of your calls.

These are maybe some of the easiest prevention systems available.

It literally comes down to sorting out your POSTURE in the bulk of cases to help improve your situtation.

To help in this, your best options are to talk with a professional Osteopath, Phyiotherapist or Chiropractor.

Chris Cormick is a registered Melbourne Osteopath who specializes in the treatment of headaches and postural Problems in his Osteopathic hospital in Bourke Street, Melbourne town.


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