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Headache Prevention: Posture and Body Mechanics

Topic Overview

Good posture and body mechanics

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.

  • 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.

Related Information

Credits

Current as of: November 20, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Karin M. Lindholm DO - Neurology

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