How Heavy is Your Head?

How Heavy is Your Head?

Research has shown that for every 1 inch that the head is moved forward out of its proper alignment, it adds an addition 10 pounds stress to the spine!

Such posture can be caused by:

  • Poor work ergonomics
  • Poor sleeping position
  • Prolonged computer use
  • Whiplash

And can cause:

  • Headaches
  • TMJ problems – teeth clenching, jaw lock and pain
  • Breathing dysfunctions
  • Dizziness and loss of balance
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dowager’s hump (hump of flesh at back of neck or at cervical vertebrae 7)

And can lead to:

  • Degenerative disc disease/osteoarthritis in the neck
  • Cervical disc herniations
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Muscle imbalance
    • Tight – pectorals, upper trapezius, levator scapulae, sternocleidomastoid, suboccipitals
    • Weak – rhomboids, mid/lower trapezius, serratus anterior, deep neck flexors

Massage therapy can help with:

  • Releasing tight contractured muscles
  • Strengthening of lengthened muscle and stretching of shortened ones
  • Traction of compressed vertebrae through gentle joint mobilization
  • Releasing trigger points (knots) to relieve headaches
  • Decreasing shoulder and neck pain
  • Maintaining and improving neck range of motion

Stop imitating the hunchback of Notre Dame and come in for a massage therapy session with Mira Zhang, RMT. Book at (604)-974-8999 or online at www.theiv.ca