Understanding “Forward Head Posture”
This produces very predictable problems in our spine and weight bearing joints.
Lower cervical (neck) problems such as disc bulges, herniations, and arthritis
Internal rotation of the shoulder which causes rotator cuff injury, tight pecs and shoulder pain
Lower lumbar disc loading and degeneration increasing the likelihood of lumbar disc herniations
Thoracic kyphosis which causes that ugly hump in our upper and middle back
Knee and hip problems because our weight is not being absorbed properly in these joints
Avoid Forward Head Pressure
We want to help our patients understand the cause and effect relationship of common health problems and this problem is progressive in nature and should be prevented at all costs. We are seeing it increasingly in children because of cell phones, computers and tablets. The human body was not designed to sit for 8-10 hours a day which is what most of us, including our children are doing. When we sit, our posture is “Closed” meaning most of our joints (ankles, knees, hips, lower back, mid back and neck) are flexing. This closed position is the opposite of standing where we are in an open position. Our spine will wind up in the position the we put it in the most. If we “flex” forward too much, this is the alignment we will wind up in. In next week’s article of the week, we will discuss how to fix “Forward Head Posture” so that one day you and your family don’t have to move into a bell tower because you have a huge hump in your back like Quasimodo.
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