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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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.
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.