Neck posture and health implications

Not having your head on straight can affect your health
The importance of head position extends further than just into how we look – it can have a drastic impact on our state of wellbeing. Who would have thought that our head posture can impact so much within our lives?

Check out these points and PLEASE ensure that you are subluxation* free and leading a healthy wholesome life.

In his prize-winning book, “Rejuvenation Strategy,” Dr. Rene Cailliet, director of Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California, wrote a description of the deadly forward head syndrome, as well as the humpback syndrome: The summary of his description is as follows.

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    • Incorrect head position leads to improper spinal function (it’s a major and complex form of vertebral *subluxation).
    • The head in forward posture can add up to thirty pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine.
    • Forward head posture results in loss of vital capacity – lung capacity is depleted as much as 30%. Loss of lung capacity can lead to heart and blood vascular problems. (Try this – jut your chin out and flex your head down and try to breath – you can barely do it. Now tuck your chin in and extend your head backwards slightly – now you can really fill your lungs properly!)
    • The entire gastrointestinal system is affected, particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel peristaltic function and evacuation is common to forward head posture and loss of spinal curve.
    • Forward head posture causes an increase in discomfort and pain. Freedom of motion in the first four cervical vertebrae is a major source of stimuli that causes production of endorphins. As a result this loss of endorphins (hormones that reduce pain and affect emotions) many otherwise non-painful sensations are experienced as pain.
    • Forward head posture can cause loss of healthy spine-body motion. The entire body becomes diminished; the body becomes hunched.

Further to the above information humpback syndrome or “hyperkyphotic posture” was found in a October 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to significantly increase the likelihood of death. Studies at Cornell and John’s Hopkins found kyphosis to both increase the chance of uterine prolapse and decrease physical function and mobility respectively.
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* What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is when the delicate balance of normal movement in your spine is upset. It consists of a combination of poor intervertebral segment movement, spinal nerve root irritation and segmental muscle spasm. Essentially a bone in your spine can become locked – pressuring the nerves and causing the muscles to spasm.