Headaches: What a Pain in the Neck!

In any event, when the shoulder is elevated and the head is tilted, the result is a short upper trapezius (the muscle that extends from your shoulder to your neck) and a weak latissimus dorsi (the muscle that extends down the side of your back). The two are opposing muscle groups. The upper trapezius lifts your shoulders to your ears, while your latissimus dorsi depresses the shoulder and shoulder girdle directly downward.

The treatment in these cases would be to strengthen the latissimus dorsi and to stretch the trapezius on the side where tightness is experienced.

So before you start taking any headache medicine for chronic neck pain, you might want to analyze your body posture first. Finding tension in your neck or limited range of motion in your cervical spine might be the cause, and correcting it might be the simple solutions for at least some of your headaches and neck pains.

Stefan Aschan is a leading expert on lifestyle, health and fitness, who has helped more then 30,000 people get fit through advice on nutrition, fitness and lifestyle changes. To listen to Stefan's free one-hour seminar, "How to have ten times more success, stay on top of your goals, and accomplish the change of body and appearance," visit http://www.strength123.com

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