Overcontracted pectoralis major muscles can lead to pain, impingement and formation of trigger points. If left untreated for long time, what other postural problems can it lead to? Well, along with other know factors, tight pec major muscles can contribute to ‘Forward Head Posture.’ As the name simply states, Forward Head Posture is a forward, or anterior, positioning of the head, also sometimes referred to as ‘scholars posture’ or ‘readers posture.’ However, the head and neck aren’t the only parts of the spine affected. “…For every inch your head moves forward, it gains 10 pounds in weight, as far as the muscles in your neck and upper back are concerned, because they have to work that much harder to keep your head (chin) from dropping into your chest.”(Reference #1 below)
This means that if you have 3 inches of forward head posture your muscles are holding an extra 30 pounds of weight! According to one study this “can lead too long term muscle strain, disc herniation, and pinched nerves.” (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, V-18, #3, March 2000) (Reference #2 below). How can YTU exercises help with shoulder pain relief? I strongly recommend concentrating on the Yoga Tune Up® pose Open Sesame, shown in the video below and in the 10 Minute Quick Fix for Shoulders. It will help to regain length in the pectoralis major and reset the head where it belongs, fixing forward head posture.