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Texting Can Hurt Your Neck

By | February 13th, 2015|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Neck pain, Proper Computer Posture, Technology|

A recent study that appeared in the journal Surgical Technology International showed that the common use of cell phones can be damaging to your upper spine. It’s how you use the phones that is the problem here – in other words, your posture. The average human head weighs 10-12 pounds. When the head sits right on top of the spine, there’s no problem. Yet whose head is in that position today? It’s rare in industrialized countries to find that kind of healthy alignment, except in young children and immigrants from less industrialized parts of the world. When you tilt your [...]

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Dowager’s Hump — How to Prevent or Correct It

By | April 11th, 2014|Aging, Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Neck pain, Shoulders, Sitting Posture|

Many people I meet are concerned about getting more rounded and stooped over as they get older.  I know I was! Your thoracic vertebrae (in the upper spine) have a slight forward curve naturally (a “Kyphosis”). In many people in the industrialized world, this curve can become extreme. When the extreme curve is high up in the thoracic area and into the cervical spine (neck area), it is sometimes called a “Dowager’s Hump.” This can lead to back and neck pain, due to strain on the muscles that occurs with misaligned posture, and loss of height.  Over time, this change [...]

Can Yoga Wreck Your Body?

By | January 11th, 2012|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Neck pain, Yoga|

An article from the New York Times from January 5, 2012 has been hotly debated in the yoga community.  It’s called “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” by William J. Broad, and it describes injuries from yoga practice to the lower back, shoulders, knees, neck, and ribs, and even hip replacements and strokes believed to be due to yoga. The teacher mentioned in the article, Glenn Black, attracted clients with yoga injuries to his bodywork and yoga classes.  He didn’t teach any inversions (such as headstand or shoulderstand), because he felt they were dangerous.  Black says that “…the vast majority [...]

Pain in the Neck?

By | April 6th, 2011|Headaches, Healthy Posture, Neck pain, Sitting Posture|

Do you experience neck pain or tension? Does your neck get tight and limit your movement? Many students who come to my classes experience neck pain, as well as headaches and restricted range-of-motion. This can be miserable and lead you to tense up even more to try to avoid triggering the pain cycle again. In the past few months I've written about tension headaches and Forward Head position (FHP). I mentioned that the cause of the head and shoulders moving forward is the pelvis moving too far forward. The farther forward your pelvis is in sitting, standing and walking, the [...]