Forward Head Posture


Forward head posture is a condition in which a person’s head is held in front instead of above their shoulders. It is an increasingly common and serious problem due to our society’s increased use of computers and other electrical devices. According to the United Chiropractic Association, forward head posture can even reduce life expectancy.


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Cause

 

Forward head posture can be a result of a variety of different lifestyle factors such as sleeping with too many pillows, working for extended periods of time on a computer, excessive texting, slumping when sitting or from a lack of developed back muscle strength.

Symptoms

 

Forward head posture creates excessive strain on the muscles in your neck and back. It has been estimated that for every inch your head sits in front of your shoulders, the weight of it increases by 10 lbs. To cope with the extra weight, your muscles are in constant contraction. This adds pressure to the base of your skull and can lead to headaches, tingling and numbness in the arms, and a burning pain between the shoulder blades.

The more serious issue with forward head posture is that it restricts the movement of your ribs and therefore your ability to breath deeply. This has a huge affect on the heart and lungs, preventing them from function properly.

Solution

 

One of our highly experienced chiropractors will work with you, using gentle adjustments to correctly align your spine and relax the muscles that have been put under such strain. They will then advise you on how best to avoid forward head posture in the future.

It is important to correct forward head posture as soon as you can, in order to avoid further strain in other parts of your body. Chiropractic offers an extremely effective, drug free solution.


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