It’s not unheard of to have at least one person in your network sporting a 12-pound head that has migrated three inches forward of their shoulders.
Frequently seen as a structurally subtle body segment, the neck is burdened with the highly difficult task of supporting the human head. Because of the tension, trauma, and poor posture inherent in the workplace today, it is no surprise that head-on-neck and neck-on-thorax imbalances serve as some of the most typical pain generators driving people into chiropractic offices.
This segment reviews the causes, conditions, and corrections associated with one of the most painful of all postural faults: forward-head postures.
So, Why You Should Work on Your Forward Head Posture?
Head in forward posture can add up to thirty pounds of unnecessary leverage on the cervical spine. This can tug the entire spine out of alignment.
Forward head posture (FHP) may result in the loss of 30% of vital lung capacity.
The body follows the head - Consequently, the entire body is best aligned by first restoring proper functional alignment to the head”.
The effects of poor posture go far beyond just looking awkward.
Research presented at the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS Minneapolis, Minnesota, (2009) stated; “Over time poor posture results in pain, muscle aches, tension and headache, and can lead to extensive complications such as osteoarthritis. Forward head syndrome may promote accelerated aging of intervertebral joints resulting in degenerative joint disease.”
Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize Recipient for Brain Research showed that 90% of the energy output of the brain is used in relating the physical body to gravity. Only 10% has to do with thinking, metabolism, and healing.
Prolonged sitting leads to slumping, as people spend innumerable hours tied to work terminals, home computers, school desks and television sets.