Pearl #3 – Why Are Our Necks So Stiff?
OK, we know that posture is important to our health. But what’s the deal with our necks? Why the pain and stiffness?
This is simple yet missed by most, so let’s get onto it so you don’t make the same mistakes as most.
Your head, remember, is very heavy. It surprisingly weighs the same as a bowling ball! In fact, it is cleverly designed to sit both on your shoulders and on a spring. That spring, or shock absorber, should be a healthy neck curve.
Good Neck Curve = Good Health
With a healthy neck curve, we get very little arthritis, our muscles don’t tighten and there is no pain, headaches, tension or stiffness. Our spinal nerves (central nervous system) remain protected, nourished and at ease so our body works better.
Loss of neck curve = Loss of health
If we lose our curve (forward head posture), what happens …. EVERY TIME?
The second picture shows an unhealthy curve. The nerves are stretched and pinched, muscles have to tighten and stiffness and pain become the norm. Tension headaches increase. Aging/degeneration becomes faster and eventually our lives slip into disease, and for many, shortened.
Your spine is meant to protect your nervous system – not aggravate, stretch, pinch or interfere with it.
This picture shows your Autonomic Nervous System. Take a look at what lives inside and enters and exits from your spine.
Look after your neck curve! I can’t stress this enough. In Singapore, this problem is reaching epidemic proportions and there are literally thousands of people out there who are losing or who have already lost their curve.
Remember – neck pain and stiffness is the body talking to you. Nothing more. How’s your curve doing?
Allow us to provide the quickest and cheapest way back to balance. We have a simple programme that makes sense and we make it understandable.
A little bit of prevention is better than a lifetime of suffering and regrets.
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is”.
Mary Anne Radmacher
You don’t have to take my word for it …. two media corporations are now talking about this information – calling it a ‘Global Epidemic’. Read more from the Daily Telegraph and MSNBC.
P.S. The longer I do what I do, the clearer certain things become. Most of us are never taught how health works or where it comes from. Few know why movement is so important or how the spine works. Why is posture so important and why do some people age faster than others? This is important stuff so I’ll keep chipping away, keep pushing. Stay with me 🙂