Do You Have a 42-lb Head?
As your head sits above your spine, the weight of your skull and brain is about 12 lbs.
Yet, a curious thing happens, if your neck comes forward, for example,
- to get a better view of your computer screen or
- a better view of the traffic,
the dynamics and in particularly, the effective weight of your head changes dramatically.
As your neck comes forward, the weight of your head loses the support of your spine. AND, gravity has a greater pull on the weight of your head.
So, as your head comes forward away from your spine, the effective weight of your head increases dramatically.
- As your neck comes forward 1", the effective weight of your head increases from 12 lbs. to 32 lbs. AND
- As your neck comes forward 2", the effective weight of your head increases from 12 lbs. to 42 lbs.
Without the support of your spine, your head relies on your neck muscles - especially, the upper traps, to support the weight of our heads and frankly, to keep us from falling forward and onto the ground.
Another way to think about it is that as your neck comes forward, the workload on your upper traps, in particular, increases. In fact, I believe this is where much of our society's, and certainly, my client's and honestly, my own neck pain comes from.
What Can I Do?
To reduce your neck pain and discomfort, hinge at your waist to lean your torso forward to get closer to your computer screen or to get a better view of the traffic. Leaning your torso forward, rather than leaning your neck forward, will make a HUGE difference in your day-to-day comfort and most importantly,
REDUCE YOUR STRESS and HEADACHES!
And, I Can Help! Schedule Now for an appointment at The Mind Body Whisperer Massage and I'll help relax your muscles and reset your posture so that you can quickly Claim Your Own Pain Freedom!
Call or Text me, Christine, at 302/593-9262 or Click "Schedule Now" below for online scheduling, and "Let's Get Started!"