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Recovery Tip

Did you know that your core muscles, which are the deepest layer of your tummy muscles, should work at all times to brace and protect your back? These muscles switch off due to pain and it takes 50,000 repetitions before they work automatically again to protect your back!

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Tuesday
Nov192013

What is correct head/neck posture?

Posture education is very important in the prevention and treatment of neck pain.
 

Poor neck and shoulder posture is very common. A forward head / rounded shoulder posture not only makes us look like a hunchback, it increases the load on the neck joints and muscles. In fact, moving the head forward by just 2-3cm increases the load on the neck by about 5kg! So if you sit at your computer at work with your head forward 5-6cm (which is common) its like having a 10kg weight sitting on top of your head all day!

Depicted below is a very simple exercise to help you test your neck posture and practice correcting it. 

Instructions:

1) Stand with heels, bottom and shoulders up against a wall. A lot of people may find that their head is sitting forward.

2) Bring head backwards to touch the wall by growing taller and tucking chin backwards.

3) Hold here for a few minutes to get used to the position.

4) Practice the movement forward and backwards and also practice correcting when sitting at a desk, standing, sitting in the car etc. Make it become normal for you!