Are you been suffering from neck or upper back pain? Or frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, or carpal tunnel syndrome?

This video can help you understand where it may be coming from.

In this video, I cover 3 things:

✅ 3 Common Postures that could be causing these issues.

✅ How they can cause them

✅ Why your body may be in these postures, in the first place

 

Rather read the blog?

Here it is…

Hi there. 

Have you been suffering breathing issues or respiratory issues? Maybe you’ve had headaches or migraines. Even a frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, or carpal tunnel syndrome, [or] emotions like depression, anxiety and even more. 

If you’ve been suffering issues like these recently, you’re just the person I want to speak to. 

Did you know that what may have started out as psychological body armor, protecting ourselves against the outside world, maybe causing your pain, and dysfunction in your body? 

Hi, I’m Sarah Gowans massage and cranio-sacral therapist at BlossomingMe, and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Here we’re a sanctuary where you can come to nurture your journey to health and well-being and a positive mindset. To clear stresses that might be stopping you from living your most fulfilling life. 

Today I want to share with you three common posture misalignments that might indicate that you have trauma stuck in your body unresolved and sitting in your nervous system, causing problems like these.

As I was saying, we often create for ourselves a perceived physical barrier, to protect us against the outside world. Against threats and things that can make us vulnerable. This can actually makes us feel more protected and in control. So It’s a useful thing. It’s a really clever thing, that our body is doing, in order to protect and defend us. But these same postural adaptations can actually cause postural misalignments in our body. And they can contribute to our musculosceletal pain and dysfunction.

 

The three misalignments I want to talk to you about today are: 

Forward head posture, where we’re leaning forward, like so you can see that in this position the neck is pulling my shoulders up, as well as my head is leaning really forward. 

Elevated shoulders. Where they’re sitting up against your ears. As my husband would call them, earrings, we’re wearing shoulder earrings. And this often happens when we get really stressed.

And the third one is kyphosis that’s just a technical name for rounded upper back. You often see it in older women, that have been leaning forward for so long that it’s an ingrained habitual posture. 

 

The three misalignments I want to talk to you about today are: 

Forward head posture, where we’re leaning forward, like so you can see that in this position the neck is pulling my shoulders up, as well as my head is leaning really forward. 

Elevated shoulders. Where they’re sitting up against your ears. As my husband would call them, earrings, we’re wearing shoulder earrings. And this often happens when we get really stressed.

And the third one is kyphosis that’s just a technical name for rounded upper back. You often see it in older women, that have been leaning forward for so long that it’s an ingrained habitual posture. 

 

3 common postures that can lead to pain and dysfunction

Forward Head Posture:

The forward head position is really typical when you have small trauma, and constant tension and stress going through your body. We tend to lean forward concentrating, particularly into computer screens and things like that. It pulls the shoulders forward, as I mentioned, and it can come about, or cause, a sense of overwhelm. It can come about when you’re hypervigilant, looking everywhere for threats, we’re constantly on guard. Our body is protecting us all the time. This can contribute to neck pain and stiffness. Where you can’t turn your head well.

 

Elevated Shoulders:

The elevated shoulders, where we’re carrying our stress and tension in the shoulders, can get into that hunchy sort of position. We’re walking around like this. Again it’s an attempt by the body to shield us from perceived threats, This shoulder position can lead to pain in the shoulders, as you can imagine, and restricted motion. Because the shoulders,get up high, now we’re trying to move the arm, and it’s not in its right position. So it has a restricted range of motion, range of movement.

 

Kyphosis: Exaggerated, Forward Rounding, Upper Back:

With the kyphosis that upper rounded back, where we’re leaning really forward. Shoulders forward, everything is leaning forward. It often comes about with chronic, so over a long period of time, chronic stress, chronic emotional tension. Tthat can cause this kyphotic posture. It’s a protective mechanism again. Particularly where the body is trying to shield and protect our heart and lungs. Our vital organs within our chest. And this as you would imagine can cause neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder discomfort, shoulder restriction, as well. And it can collapse our chest, that can cause breathing and respiratory disorders.

 

All 3 Postures Can:

By putting our rib cage out of position, and tightening the muscles between our ribs, this can create restricted movement within the rib cage. That affects our collar bone, our shoulder blades as well as the ribs themselves. And by putting everything out of alignment or into a misalignment everything is not where it’s supposed to be. Which can create a physical issue, when you’re trying to move your arms, your head. Your breathing, can all be compromised, because your spine [and] your rib cage is not where it’s meant to be. 

So not only are the muscles tight and sore, but it can lead to other problems such as frozen shoulder, elbow issues like tennis or golf elbow, even wrist issues like carpal tunnel syndrome. Especially when you’re in those positions for a length of time. 

When the chest is compromised as well, that can impair your breathing. [If] the rib cage is almost crushed, that stops it from being able to expand when you take a deep breath in, or contract effectively. The natural mechanics of breathing are interrupted. The tension in the big muscle for breathing, the diaphragm muscle, is less effective. And it just makes breathing really hard work. This restricted air intake can lower your oxygen levels, and also promotes really shallow breathing. You often see that with people who are anxious. Their breathing is really shallow.

The trick is, shallow, rapid breathing can also bring on anxiety. It’s a two-way street. This can lead then, to fatigue because you’re not getting enough oxygen in the system as well as other breathing and respiratory disorders; and emotions like depression, like high stress and anxiety, and more. When we’re in these postures for a length of time these problems can become habitual.

So you can see that there’s a whole lot of things, all connected into our upper body posture, and these three particular posture on misalignments: the head forward, the shoulders elevated, and the hunched or the kyphosis position.

I hope you enjoyed today today’s video, and found it useful. If you did, please like it and share it. And join us next time when I talk about the season of autumn, which we have here in Australia at the moment, and how it can help us reduce issues like these for our body. 

I look forward to seeing you then. 

From my heart to yours.

Namaste

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

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