If you are someone that spends the majority of their time sitting at a desk in front of a computer, like most of our patients, you are prone to neck pain and headaches.
The reason for this is that sitting long periods causes static muscle tension in the neck, back and shoulders. The neck muscles attach to the back of the head. Chronic tension on these muscles can cause pressure and pain in the head as well as neck, upper back, shoulder, arm or hand pain.
We are simply not designed to be sitting at a desk all day and we need to be proactive making sure we are doing things to counteract these negative stresses.
Here is a partial list of things you can do:
- Take frequent breaks and stretch and walk around.
- Make sure your workstation is ergonomically correct.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day.
- Eat lots of plant foods (anti-inflammatory).
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Get a desk that allows you to stand or sit.
- Do deep breathing exercises.
There are more but those will do for now. If you already have headaches then you should visit a chiropractor for an assessment. Depending on the type of headache and the nature and severity of your condition you may only need a few visits or you may need more.
The good news is that most headaches respond favorably to chiropractic, especially those related to sitting long periods.
So, prevention is best. But if you do get a headache then see your chiropractor.
If you live or work in San Francisco we have 2 clinics to serve you.
To find out if you are a candidate for headaches treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.