I have spent quite a bit of time explaining what your head is (skull and lower jaw), where your skull balances on top of your spine (way up high between your ears) and the function of your Nodding Joint (to look up and down). This all in order to help you evaluate, and if need be, correct your body map of the head-spine.
Body map? Huh? Continue reading “Your Waist is Like a Unicorn”
Go for a walk around your room. Walk the way you normally do.
Now tighten your neck and pull the weight of your head down toward your spine. Don’t worry about doing it correctly. Just do it. While you maintain that downward pull go for your walk again and see what you experience.
How does your body feel? How about your breathing? Continue reading “Is Someone Pulling on your Ponytail?”
In the past it was suggested to me to think of my head like a helium balloon on a string.
I don’t recommend this image for two reasons. Continue reading “Balance Your Top Hat”
My last post was about how we disrespect the head-spine relationship by pushing the head and neck forward toward objects that we interact with—such as our book, fork or a coffee cup.
Each and every time you push (or drop) your head and neck forward toward objects you are encouraging what has often been called Forward Head Posture. Continue reading “Itty BITY”
By now you have probably realized that your Nodding Joint only allows you to look up and down so far before the spine starts getting involved. The range of motion of the joint is somewhat limited.
For example, if you are sitting in a chair and have your tablet computer flat on the table in front of you, your Nodding Joint does not allow enough range of motion to easily look down without curling your spine forward and collapsing your torso down.
So, you need to bring the tablet closer to your head. But holding it gets tiring.
So, what to do? Continue reading “R-E-S-P-E-C-T Your Head-Spine Relationship”