Forward head posture is a condition in which your head comes forward of your shoulder straining your neck muscles, lower back muscles, discs, ligaments and most detrimental of all the spinal cord.
In a normal posture the head should sit over the body putting slack into the muscles, ligaments, and yes even the spinal cord.
The head over the body posture brings the spinal bones into alignment and prevents slipped discs and herniated discs, relaxes all muscles in the spine and helps keep your spinal cord healthy.
Causes Of forward head posture
There are several causes of forward head posture so lets go through them together:
1. Sitting at a computer and leaning your head forward
3. Watching television on a soft couch hunched over
4. Working out your chest more than your back muscles at he gym
5. Any activity with prolonged slouching and rolling of your shoulders forward
Symptoms of Forward head posture
Headaches, neck pain, TMJ pain, constant knots in your neck and shoulders, lower back pain, slipped discs, breathing problems, digestive problems, sinus problems, ADD/ADHD
How to see if you have FHP(forward head posture)
Have someone stand on your side and look at where the hole of your ear is located in relation to the top of your shoulder.
The hole in your ear should line up in the middle of the shoulder, but if it is forward of that you have FHP
How to Fix FHP
Sit up tall and squeeze your shoulder blades together and draw your chin backwards to make a double chin. Perform 3 sets of 10 repetitions 3 times a day and over time your head will come back over your shoulder.
Chiropractic can help by realigning the spinal bones and then neck traction while lying down brings the head back over the body
If you have any questions or comments about our post please contact Bolingbrook Chiropractor Dr. Jeff Garofalo at New Life Chiropractic