Less Than Perfect Posture Contributed to Muscle Pain

Less Than Perfect Posture Contributed to Muscle Pain
Christine Tender Points I have never given much thought to my posture. I do remember, however, walking around the house with a book on my head during childhood. I always considered this to be a teaching technique, not a corrective action. Now I'm not so sure. I've recently been plagued with acute muscle pain from two different diagnoses. The first one is my old friend, myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). This one's been with me for over 40 years. I've recently developed occipital neuralgia. Both disorders are muscular in nature and are commonly found in fibromyalgia patients. Treatment consists of muscle relaxants (none of which I'm able to tolerate), as well as physical therapy (which has been helpful for both issues). Each physical therapist I've seen has attributed my problems at least partly to poor posture. My specific issue is that I carry my head in front of my shoulders rather than on top of them. Having been given a series of exercises to loosen the muscles tightened from holding my head in an unnatural position, I rushed home and picked up a book. Sure enough, soon after placing it firmly on top of my head it slid to the floor. In childhood, I became quite skilled at
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