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Note 299 – The occipital bone

English: The occipital bone and its position. ...

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Yesterday in note 298 I blogged about the trapezius muscle which runs from the occipital bone (in the back of the head) and down the spine.

According to Wikipedia, the occipital bone is “a saucer-shaped membrane bone situated at the back and lower part of the cranium, is trapezoidal in shape and curved on itself”.  It apparently communicates with the vertebral canal, and mine isn’t communicating very well.

I was lucky enough to see a chiropractor today who confirmed that I need treatment as my occipital bone isn’t quite moving how it should and this is what is causing me the headaches.  At last it’s been diagnosed! However, due to leaving the issue for so long without treatment, this has caused problems with the vertebrae in my back. (Don’t panic dad when you read this – it’s all treatable and in a couple of months I should be back on track.)

Sitting correctly at the computer

One of the many causes of this issue is the physical stress that we put on our bodies when we sit at the computer.  I promised the chiropractor that from today, I wouldn’t spend more than 25-30 minutes on the computer at any one time (that should be fun explaining that to my manager at work tomorrow!).  He will tell me more about posture etc., throughout the treatment – I’ll keep you posted.

It just goes to show that when I wrote note 274 last month ‘How being a 30 minute writer works for me’ – little did I know, I was actually doing myself some good!  I just need to stick to it.

Must sign off now and rest – chiropractor’s orders!

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer



  1. Pingback: Note 306 – Take frequent micro-breaks from sitting « My writing challenge - March 1, 2012

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