How Head Tilt Is Causing Your Neck Pain (And How To Fix It)

Whether you are aware of it or not, you are more than likely spending a majority of your day in an unnatural and unhealthy posture that is causing damage to your spinal column. In particular, many of us have picked up an unhealthy habit of tilting our heads and necks in positions that are not natural, and that are causing a lot of stress and strain to occur and eventually create pain and discomfort in the area. This is mostly due to our ever increasing reliance on the use of technology on a daily basis, but there are many other bad habits that we have unfortunately picked up on that cause this behavior as well.

I learned a little bit more about the connection between the head tilt posture and neck pain from reading a very informative article by How Cast, and I would like to share what I learned in the article here with you, so you can learn how to take steps to avoid neck pain that is caused by this unnatural posture.

While neck pain can of course arise as a result of a traumatic and sudden event, such as a sports-related injury or an auto accident, many people experience neck pain that gradually increases over time as a result of poor postural habits that they have unconsciously picked up in their everyday lives. I was surprised to learn that tilting the head forward even just a little bit in order to get a better view of a computer screen, can cause up to thirty additional pounds of pressure being added to the spinal column as a result. The spinal column already has a difficult time supporting the neck and head, as it sits below them, so adding any more unecessary pressure to the spine is really just asking for trouble. 

You are more than likely tilting your head whenever you spend prolonged amounts of time in front of a computer or cell phone screen. Lifting heavy objects in an incorrect manner is also a contributor to head tilt, so be aware of this. Remember to take frequent breaks from spending time in front of any sort of electronic device by standing up and stretching; you may want to roll your neck slowly in both directions to loosen up the tendons in the area. You can also take control of your spinal health by seeing a doctor of chiropractic on a regular basis. 

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