Headache Prevention: Posture and Body Mechanics - Topic Overview
Good posture and the way you move your body can help prevent tension
in your neck, shoulders, and upper back muscles. If your
headaches seem to be
related to tension in this area, be aware of your posture and position during
daily activities. This may help prevent headaches.
Use good body mechanics all the time, not just when you have a
headache or back pain.
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Keep your back in the neutral
position. Sit straight in your chair with your lower back
supported. Take breaks once an hour to stretch your neck and back
muscles. Adjust your computer monitor so that the top of the screen
is at eye level. Use a document holder to keep copy at the same level as the
screen. If you use the telephone a lot, think about using a headset
or speakerphone. Do not cradle the headset between your shoulder and your
ear. Make sure that your work surface is at a comfortable level.
Avoid reaching up or down to your work. When standing for long
periods of time, stand with one foot on a small stool. When lifting, lift with
your legs, not your neck or back. Avoid exercises that require
hyperextension of the neck, such as bike riding.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 02, 2010
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