Do you suffer from:
- constant headaches
- discogenic headaches
- tension headaches
- sinus headaches
- orbital headaches
- head pain
- neck pain
- neck strain
- bulging disks
- degenerative disks
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- Do you have pain or burning sensations running up from your shoulders to your neck?
- Has anyone ever commented that you have lots of trigger points in your neck muscles? And they never seem to go away?
- Do you have pain after a cervical fusion or other neck surgery?
Believe it or not, all of these complaints can be due to the same reasons–although they play out differently in different people. And when I describe it, you won’t believe your other practitioners haven’t figured this out before! One of the major reasons you are suffering from neck pain or headaches is because your shoulders aren’t sitting right on your trunk.
The shoulder system is unique in the body in that it is a floating system. What I mean by this is instead of bones and joints holding the shoulders in place, muscles do the job. And guess what? Lots of times they don’t do so well. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that there are two key muscles connecting the shoulder blades to the neck and skull. These are the muscles responsible for your pain. But it’s not really their fault. They’re doing the best they can.
The real problem is all the other muscles that are supposed to hold up and move your shoulders aren’t working well. So the load falls to the muscles in this picture, which then creates pain. This can lead to excessive forces acting on your vertebrae and disks in the neck or cause chronic stress to the nerves supplying the muscles of your face and scalp.
The reason the muscles aren’t working well is because the habits you’ve developed have helped turn them off. Also, certain muscles that oppose these muscles are overly recruited, creating imbalances in the shoulder girdle. You are unaware of this, however and so it feels as if the muscles and joints are working just as they should. If that were the case, though, you wouldn’t have chronic pain.
The other big reason contributing to your headaches and neck pain is the shape of your spine. Yes, people’s spines are shaped differently. Often people with chronic pain will have excessive rounding of the mid back or excessive flattening of the mid back. Both of these conditions contribute to changes in how the neck bones rest and move which then also contributes to pain.
Usually all of this can be fixed though with a little awareness and attention on your part. You just need to know what to pay attention to. I can teach you why this is happening and how to fix it and your pain so please contact me. This is also explained in my book, Fixing You: Neck Pain & Headaches. Also please watch my video below. If you’d like to read more, then check out my free article. If you live too far away, I can also help you via Skype.