How do you effectively change a slouched posture? (Continued)

The rhomboids are key muscles in the mid/upper back that that are very important postural muscles.  They squeeze the shoulder blades together which supports the upper back.   They become weak due to the prolonged amount of time people spend in seated positions.   If the rhomboids are weak you will notice that your shoulder blades […]

How do you effectively change a slouched posture?

Aside from being aware of your posture and changing bad habits you can assist your body to improve by strengthening muscles that have become stretched and weak over time and stretching those muscles that have become strong and too short over time. The muscles on the upper back are overstretched, strained and weak. The chest […]

Do you ever experience sharp pain, numbness, dull ache, tightness or stiffness in your upper back?

Take a look at your posture.  Are you slouching?  Slouching does not just occur when sitting at a computer, it can occur when walking, watching TV, playing on your iPod or laptop and so on.  This type of posture is easy to get into and hard to get out of.  When you allow your body […]

How does poor posture affect your jaw and what are some symptoms that can occur?

If you are working at a computer for long periods of time and your head is held forward additional stress is placed on the jaw joint.  The ability to open the mouth is strained and more muscle contraction is needed to perform the action.   Try it out:  Sit tall and then open your mouth.  Did […]

Trapezius trigger point

The most common trigger point that develops is the upper trapezius trigger point.   Forward head posture is a major contributor to the development of this trigger point.   The referral pattern is pain in the side and back of the neck, behind the ear and up into the temple.  The referral resembles a question mark. We […]

Causes of SCM trigger points

SCM trigger points are not only caused by forward head posture. Trigger points in this muscle may also be caused by: Awkward sleeping positions Lying on your stomach can place extra strain on these muscles. Using a pillow that is too high or using two pillows which puts your head into a flexed position Coughing […]

SCM trigger points

Forward head posture keeps a muscle called the SCM (sternocleidomastoid muscle) in a chronically shortened position.  This muscle runs from just behind your ear to your collar bone in a diagonal direction.   These trigger points will refer a headache to the front of the head, earaches and/or dizziness. What is unique about the trigger points […]

Forward head posture

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror to see how your head is actually perched on top of your spine?   Do you feel as though you are greeting people with your nose projected forward?  Have you looked at the driver beside you?  Are they driving with their head tilted up looking out of […]


Posture is such a fascinating subject.  Do you ever wonder why we develop certain symptoms or why we are prone to certain aliments?  From the first day that I attended massage therapy school, I was addicted.    How could muscles affect us in such a way as to cause so many issues and why did it […]