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   Posted 11/19/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I came across this at another forum I visit for TN:

Has anyone every google this? I did today for the first time and this is what I saw for symptoms:
All told, forward head posture can be directly responsible for a dizzying array of ailments with symptoms including:
· Tension-type headaches
· Temperomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
· Knots in the back of the neck
· Rocks in the shoulders
· Sore chest muscles
· Facial pain like trigeminal neuralgia
· Numbness or tingling in the arms and/or hands
· Chronic "achy" feeling all over
· General irritability
· Poor sleep
The link that I read this from is:

I know that with fibro, posture is greatly affected. I think it was on a Canadian site for it that I read some of the things doctors should look for is a hunched, shoulders forward posture. I know I do this, and gives me neck and shoulder problems. If I keep up on my pilates, my posture does get much better.

Anyway, I was extremely surprised when I saw trigeminal like symptoms. Wouldn't it be wonderful if I could get rid of my facial pain with better posture? And most of these other symptoms are also so common to fibro.

I also remember seeing the Alexander Method beneficial with realigning the body.

I'd love some feedback on this topic. Anyone tried PT or the Alexander Method? How does posture affect you? Have you found other ways to correct it? Any stretches or exercises that you do? Tips for sitting correctly? I know the computer is my big downfall. I usually sit forward with my head closer to the screen, especially when I'm doing my digital scrapbooking and I'm caught up in working on something.
fibromyalgia and possible trigeminal neuralgia
50 mgs amitriptyline daily, T3s for facial pain (really not appropriate med) and now tramacet

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   Posted 11/19/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I do stretches to open up the muscles in my chest, shoulder area.  Most are from my former yoga trainer.  I also lay on a big foam roller (not to be confused with the hair foam rollers).  :-) My tailbone at one end and my head at the other.  My feet are on the floor with bent knees.  I slowly extend my arms to the side, shoulder height, on the floor.  After I am comfortable here I slowly bend my elbow, arm still on floor.  I feel the stretch in the front of my shoulder and in my inner upper arm and in my chest.  I stay like this until I can feel some of the muscles relaxing.
I also am always reminding myself to relax my shoulders.  I can do it now but before I started stretching a lot I had a hard time relaxing them.  I do stretch everyday.  My posture is much better when I am consistent with my yoga, Pilate's and slow stretching.
Fibromyalgia, arthritis in spine and hips, IBS, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension
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   Posted 11/20/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Yoga has helped me a lot. I am now more aware of my posture and it's definitely improved over the years reducing my pain.
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