Breath-Work and Neck Pain/Headaches 

This page explores the central role that breathing and posture plays in guarding against neck pain and headaches. At the end of the article are a links to videos that will give you a tool to measure your baseline breathing quality, and provide techniques you can use to start treating your neck today.  

Stress and poor posture conspire to cause most neck pain and headaches. The combination of stress from work, family, etc. coupled with poor sitting posutre creates a downward spiral that leads to neck and shoulder pain, and at times headaches that range from moderate to severe. How can we start fixing this today? The answer is a combinaton of breath-work, postural stretching, and being mindful of how you sit. Below are a links to videos that will give you a tool to measure your baseline breathing quality, and provide techniques you can use to start treating your neck today.  

If you also suffer from back pain, please consult the page I have dedicated to the subject.


  


Breathing/Neck Pain Exersise Progression  

CO2 Tolerance Test 


  • Three normal NASAL inhales and exhales.
  • Take a full NASAL inhale, start a timer.
  • On the exhale, breath out as slowly as possible. 
  • At the end of the exhale stop the timer.

Results:

  • >80 seconds: Advanced pulmonary system, excellent diaphragmatic control, and low nervous system arousal.
  • 60-80 seconds: Healthy pulmonary system, good diaphragmatic control, low nervous system arousal
  • 40-60 seconds: Sitting on the bubble with respect to your pulmonary development, diaphragmatic control, and nervous system arousal.
  • 20-40 seconds: Generally indicative of heighted nervous system arousal (stress) and poor breathing mechanics.
  • >20 seconds: Very high arousal (very stressed), Poor pulmonary function, poor breathing mechanics.

Tension Headaches and Nasal Breathing

Desk Posture