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Headache treatment with Posture Shirt 2.0

Tension headaches cluster headaches or constant headache at the back of the head, regardless of type, having headaches is really bad for one's life quality. Headaches are often a result of how we use our body during the day, for instance at work. Posture corrective clothing from ActivePosture® may just be what you have been looking for to help reduce pain and tension from headaches. In a 2019 study by the Swiss Bern University of Applied Sciences 1039 users were asked about their pain level in the head, neck, back and shoulders before and after using ActivePosture's posture clothing.* The results were remarkable, 85% of those with headaches felt that the product made them more aware of their posture and 69% felt that the awareness gained from wearing the posture shirt helped decrease their pain. And while the headache didn't disappear from everyone (as it is not always related to posture), 77% did feel the intensity of their headaches had lessened. At the same time, the vast majority indicated that they received fewer treatments in the form of physical therapy, chiropractic and massage to deal with their pain after having used the posture clothing. Below you can see the answers from the 266 respondents who indicated that they suffered from headaches before they started wearing ActivePosture's posture clothing.

*The users have all used an Alignme Bra or a Posture Shirt 2.0.

 

Question 1

To what extent do you feel that your headache has influenced your day to day life negatively, before you started using an ActivePosture® product?

Headache and tension headache

85%

85% of the surveyed users suffering from headache feel that their headaches influenced their daily life negatively, before they started using an ActivePosture® product.

Question 2

How often did you experience headache before you began using an ActivePosture® product?

Headache and tension headache

70%

70% of the surveyed users suffering from headache were daily or 3-4 times a week affected by their headaches, before they started using an ActivePosture® product.

Question 3

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I feel that the frequency of my headache has diminished after I started using my ActivePosture® product."

headache and tension headache

69%

69% of the surveyed users suffering from headache agree with the following statement:

"I feel that the frequency of my headache has diminished after I started using my ActivePosture® product."

Question 4

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I feel that the intensity/severity of my headache has been reduced after I started using my ActivePosture® product."

Headache

77%

77% of the surveyed users suffering from headache agree with the following statement:

"I feel that the intensity/severity of my headache has been reduced after I started using my ActivePosture® product."

Question 5

How often have you received treatment for your headache before you started using your ActivePosture® product?

Headache and tension headache

51%

51% of the surveyed users suffering from headache received treatment for their headache on a weekly or monthly basis before they started using an ActivePosture® product.

Question 6

How often have you received treatment for your headache after you started using your ActivePosture® product?

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28%

28% of the surveyed users suffering from headache did no longer receive treatment for their headache after they started using an ActivePosture® product.

Question 7

I use my ActivePosture® product for one or more of the following daily activities:

Headache and tension headache

18% use their ActivePosture® product when desk-bound

14% use their ActivePosture® product when doing physical work

12% use their ActivePosture® product when doing sports/exercising

26% use their ActivePosture® product at home

11% use their ActivePosture® product for outdoor activities

6% use their ActivePosture® product when gardening

Question 8

Will you recommend your friends/family/colleagues to use an ActivePosture® product?

Headache

85%

85% of the surveyed users suffering from headache will recommend their friends/family/colleagues to use an ActivePosture® product?

Question 9

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: ”In my opinion I had a poor posture before I started using an ActivePosture® product.”

headache and tension headache

85%

85% of the surveyed users suffering from headache agree with the following statement:

"In my opinion I had a poor posture before I started using an ActivePosture® product."

Question 10

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "I feel that I have become more aware of my posture after I have started using my ActivePosture® product."

Hadache and tension headache

85%

85% of the surveyed users suffering from headache agree with the following statement:

"I feel that I have become more aware of my posture after I have started using my ActivePosture® product."

Question 11

To what extent do you agree with the following statement: "Using my ActivePosture® product has had a positive effect (physically) on my posture."

Headache and tension headache

87%

87% of the surveyed users suffering from headache agree with the following statement:

"Using my ActivePosture® product has had a positive effect (physically) on my posture."


Conclusion on test of posture clothing from ActivePosture®

The study concludes that posture clothing from ActivePosture® can have a positive impact on posture as well as being used as an effective supplement to make the user aware of his or her posture. In addition, posture clothing from ActivePosture® shows signs of relieving tension and pain. The three components (aches and pains, posture and posture awareness) correlate positively with each other, suggesting that improving one component also positively affects the other two. Based on the conclusion of this pilot project, further independent scientific studies have been initiated at the Bern University of Applied Sciences (RCT).

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Why do we get headaches?

There are many causes for headaches, but poor posture from sitting many hours by a desk or driving or being on the feet for the majority of the day in a poor posture (so all the things we would describe as a modern-day lifestyle or environmental factors) will likely be contributing factors to a poor posture. This is because headaches are often caused by tension in the back and neck when, in the wrong position, strain the muscles and thus counteract the body's natural and healthy posture. The symptoms will often increase during the day because we stress the already exposed areas when, for example, sitting in a wrong posture or just, in general, have gone through most of the day in a poor posture.

Constant headache

Constant headaches or tension headaches can really reduce the quality of life. Headaches can be seen as the body's warning signal that something needs to be changed. Maybe you sit long hours in front of your computer in the same position or stand on your feet in asymmetrical positions throughout the day. It can all lead to sore muscles which may trigger headaches and tension is often building in the muscles as part of the body's defence mechanism against pain. For headache patients, this often leads to tension in the neck, shoulders and back. Between the headaches, many patients, therefore, have a slightly bent-over posture where the shoulders and head are extended. However, the body is not geared to this strain and the consequences can, therefore, be expressed through even more pain. As the study above shows, ActivePosture's posture correcting clothing can be a good partner in combatting headache. The vast majority of our customer's see a clear improvement in their posture after they start using the ActivePosture Posture Shirt. As a result of the improved posture, 69% feel that the frequency of their headaches is much less after they started using the product.

Headache treatment

The exact cause of a cluster headache or tension headache is not always easy to resolve and it can, therefore, be difficult to know what kind of treatment to resort to in order to get rid of headache as quickly as possible. However, the Swiss study presented on these pages shows that posture correcting clothing is of great importance to many of those suffering from headaches. Having a good posture is a crucial factor in the work of optimizing one's posture at work. It is important to avoid unilaterally stressful and asymmetrical positions that cause tension and pain in the head. Studies also show that more than massage is needed to relieve chronic headaches, primarily exercising and posture correcting. It is important to learn how to hold your head and shoulders to avoid the unilateral strain that can result in constant headaches. It is precisely this exercise that the Posture Shirt from ActivePosture can help you with in your daily life, at home or at leisure. The tight-fitting feature makes it easy to wear under your everyday clothes.

How is headache being treated with posture correction?

Since it can often be difficult to find the cause of a headache, it is also difficult to know exactly which treatment is most effective. However, as mentioned earlier, it is recommended that you work on improving your posture when combatting headache. This is also confirmed by the independent Swiss study you can see on these pages, which shows that as many as 69% of people with headaches feel that the frequency of their headaches is less after they started wearing posture correcting clothing from ActivePosture. At the same time, as many as 77% feel the intensity of their headaches is lessened. To get the best results we recommend that the posture clothing from ActivePosture® is used as a supplement to exercise (you can even wear the posture clothing during exercising to optimise your results). Posture clothing should not be viewed as a tool that replaces a healthy and active lifestyle.

Exercises to reduce headache

In some cases, treating headaches can advantageously be a combination of working on correcting posture combined with exercises that has the purpose of relieving tension. Here are a number of exercises that can be usefully combined with using posture correcting clothing in the quest to end headaches.

Roll the shoulder: Pull your shoulders up as high as you can. Now pull them as far back as possible. Keep them retracted as you lower them as far down as possible. Finally, release the tension so the shoulders fall back into place. Repeat this exercise 3-5 times, preferably several times daily.

Long neck: You can do this exercise lying down, sitting or standing. Pull the chin in while making the neck long (low double chin). Notice how it extends down the neck, right down to the shoulders. Repeat the exercise as many times as you can.

Neck to the side: Pull the chin in as you lower your ear to your shoulders. Hold this stretch for 20-30 seconds. Repeat the exercise to the opposite side.

Look to the side: You can do this exercise lying down, sitting or standing. Pull the chin in while making the neck long (low double chin). Turn your head as far as you can to one side and hold the position slightly. Repeat for the opposite side. To achieve more stretch, place opposite hands on your head. Repeat this exercise 3-5 times, preferably several times daily.

Types of headaches

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