What causes the head forward posture. So many people complain about neck pain and upper back pain. Now what I’ve found in my work is that back pain rarely originates with the back itself. Usually it is coming from something that is happening in the organs or something that is pulling on the front. So we’re going to today, focus on what is happening with the muscles in the front. Now part of the problem is that our whole lifestyle involves going inward. What I mean by that is when we’re sitting at a desk, we tend to slouch would, we’re working at a computer, we tend to have our arms in front of us. Everything is curling back up into that fetal position as it were. Then when we get back up, we stand into gravity. Then we find that to some degree we have stuck in that position at our head is stuck forward.
Our shoulders are stuck forward. We have a permanent curve in our back. So what can we do about this from a massage perspective? Well, the first thing that we can do is we can lengthen and relax the muscles in the front. The muscles in the back, they are normally where the pain is, but they are not normally where the problem is. The problem is usually having to do with the muscles in the front. So the best place to start is with the abdominal muscles all the way from the pubic bone up to the collarbone. There are muscles and Fascia that are connecting all the way up there. So what we want to do is we want to lift and opened these muscles, lift and open. So during the massage we will work to engage those muscles and separate them from the tissues underneath so that they can move freely so that they can move independently and so that they can work correctly.
When we were separating them from the muscles underneath, we are also lengthening them and we’re putting them back into a normal resting position. They tend to be stuck in a contract position. What I mean by contracted to is that the pubic bone is closer to the sternum than it should be. There is a contraction in these muscles. It’s pulling the chest down towards the pubic bone. There can be other things other than these muscles that are causing that, but these muscles are a very good place to start. Once we’ve re these the abdominal muscles, then we want to continue with the that are right on the sternum and continue lifting and expanding so that the chest can come up and back. Once we released these muscles as well, then we want to go to the PEC major and Pec minor muscles. So everybody knows these ones there, but they’re the PEC major is what we use for doing pushups. The Pec minor is a breathing muscle. Where it attaches is actually on a, uh, what’s called the coracoid process, which is a little bit of the shoulder blade. So the Pec minor has the job to some degree of lifting and rounding the shoulders. So somebody who has a tight PEC minor, they’re shoulders are going to be lifted and rounded. It’s going to be quite tender when this muscle tries to get released.
After we’ve released the PEC major muscles, Pec minor muscles, then we need to release the anterior muscles of the neck or the muscles in the front of the neck. These muscles are primarily responsible for pulling the head forward, so neck pain. When the head is pulled forward, then the muscles in the back are responsible for holding the head up. The head is no longer resting on the bones, is no longer resting on the ligaments. It is now being held up by the muscles and these muscles are not designed to hold the head up for extended periods of time. So they get tired, they get tight, they get to painful, and we want to rub them because it hurts back there. And when we rubbed them, we’d get a little bit of relief. The problem is that the, the actual problem is that the muscles in the front are tightening up and causing those back, neck muscles to overwork.
So if we release the muscles in the front, then the head can sit back and ignore more normal position and those muscles can relax naturally rather than being forced to relax and then having to reengage right away because the head is still in the wrong position. That is an excellent way to start working with neck pain and upper back pain. Once we have done the work in the front, now we can relax the muscles in the back and now that relaxation will stay because the head no, because those muscles no longer have to hold the head up. Now they can work at doing their normal jobs of flexing the neck and uh, and maintaining that posture, not compensating for muscles in the front that are overly tight when the muscles in the back of the neck are worked all by themselves, it will feel good for a little while.
But actually we are making the problem worse. The trouble is that these muscles are already overworked. And now when we are working on them and when we were relaxing them, we are reducing their ability to do their job. And so we are actually, we’re, we’re, we’re allowing the front, the muscles in the front to tighten more and we are reducing the effectiveness of the muscles in the back. This is actually worsening the posture and while it feels good for a little while, it’s going to create more trouble in the long run. The best thing to do is to start with the front and then relax the back.