• Kim Noyce

Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!

Updated: Aug 31, 2019

Do experience frequent headaches or migraines? Do you rub your shoulders or neck? Taking headache tablets on a daily basis?

Have you checked the position of your car seat recently?

Are you aware you might slouch or roll your shoulders forward?

Do you look at the ground when you are walking?

How much time do you spend checking your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter accounts on your mobile phone or tablet?

All of these patterns will effect the position of your head and therefore impacts how hard your shoulders have to work to hold your head in place.

Did you know your head weighs typically between 4.5-5kgs, (10-11lbs), astonishing isn't it?

Now imagine how hard your Traps, Rhomboids, Pecs, Lats, Scalenes have to work to keep your head on your shoulders!

As you thrust your head forward the load on our shoulders dramatically increases, as the image below indicates.

Image Credit http://lifestrengthpt.com/news/view/how-heavy-is-your-head/

If you are not sure how this feels, place 4-5 bags of sugar into a bag. Then pick up the bag and hold your arm out at shoulder height. You'll notice how hard your arm and shoulders have to work to support that amount of weight!

Is it any wonder we routinely experience the following:

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • Jaw pain

  • Sore necks

  • Tight and painful shoulders

  • Tired eyes

  • Rounded shoulders

  • Painful biceps/triceps

  • Pins and needles in hands or along the back of the arm

  • Painful upper-back

In addition lower back pain, sore knees and feet can sometimes be attributed to shoulder issues.

What can you do help yourself?

  • Untuck your feet and place them both on the ground when watch TV

  • Try and keep your knees slightly higher than your hips when driving or sat at your desk

  • Regularly get up and move if you are sat at your desk for more than 30mins

  • Routinely shrug and roll your shoulders forwards and backwards

  • Ensure your elbows and forearms are well supported if you knit or sit typing for longer than 30mins

  • When standing in a queue, washing up, washing your teeth, notice how your stand. Try and have slightly more weight in the heels. Put a micro bend in the knees. Draw your chin towards your chest and then thrust it forward - do this a few times and then find the mid point where your chin/jaw feels relaxed

  • Engage your core - draw navel, (belly button) to spine - engage your pelvic floor do this as often as you can!

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