Do you suffer from pain in your upper back and at the back of your shoulders and neck, headaches front and or back of your head, rounded shoulders and a forward leaning head? Do you have a curve in your spine if viewed from the side? Ask your partner or friend to have a look.
Thoracic kyphosis is a common resulting dysfunction of chronic postural habits that encourage a rounding of the shoulders and has the effect of carrying the shoulders anteromedially.
An unfortunate consequence of “rounded shoulders” is that the position of the scapula becomes protracted on the rib cage, which distorts the supportive muscles such as the levator scapulae, the rhomboids and upper trapezius. This may lead to neck and shoulder pain which has been described as “scapulocostal syndrome” (Cailliet, 1991a).
Scapular displacement also results in an altered glenohumeral position which may have unfortunate consequences for glenohumeral movement, especially abduction. “(Understanding Joints, Kingston)”
According to Kapandji (Physiology of the Joints, Volume III), for every inch your head moves forwards from the centre of the external auditory meatus, it gains 10 pounds in weight, as far as the muscles in your upper back and neck are concerned, they have to work harder to keep the head from dropping onto your chest. This also forces the suboccipital muscles to remain in constant contraction, putting pressure on the Suboccipital nerves. This nerve compression may cause headaches at the base of the skull. Pressure on the suboccipital nerves can also mimic sinus type headaches.
If this sounds like you then you may find small comfort in knowing that you are not alone. 60% of the patients I see have a familiar complaint which is fixed relatively quickly and relatively cheaply (bearing in mind that this poor posture has been in the making since your school days stuck at a desk and then exasperated by many hours driving/ working at a computer/looking into a microscope/ carrying heavy loads etc.)
Let me help it’s what I do.