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The Pitfalls of Forward Head Posture

Forward Head Posture

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The human body is a marvel of engineering, designed to move and function in harmony. However, our modern lifestyle, characterized by prolonged screen time and sedentary behavior, is disrupting this balance. One of the most common manifestations of this disruption is the forward head posture (FHP), a condition increasingly prevalent in today’s society.

Understanding Forward Head Posture

FHP occurs when the Longus Colli, a small muscle located at the anterior part of the spine, weakens due to lack of motion or injury. As a result, the head leans forward, causing the neck’s natural curve to straighten. This posture misalignment is becoming all too common, as we spend more time hunched over our devices, looking down at screens.

The Impact on Health

When viewed from the side, the ear should align with the middle of the shoulder. However, with FHP, the head moves forward, adding an extra 10 pounds of strain on the neck and back muscles for every inch it shifts from its ideal position. This displacement stresses the body’s righting mechanisms, which strive to maintain a level gaze and balanced posture.

If left unchecked, the constant strain and imbalance can lead to various health issues, including vertigo, Nystagmus, dizziness, and headaches. Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in cases of dizziness and vertigo, regardless of age, likely linked to the rise in FHP.

Who Is Most Affected?

While children can exhibit signs of FHP during their development stages–particularly during the crawling phase when they learn to balance their heads–adults are more commonly affected. With increased screen time and sedentary lifestyles, adults are at a higher risk of developing FHP.

Targeted Treatment

The good news is that relief can be achieved through targeted treatment. Most times, symptoms can improve within the first week of chiropractic care. However, correcting the actual posture requires a longer commitment–typically six to eight weeks.

Dr. Denn provides each patient a personalized treatment plan that may include exercises to strengthen the extensor muscles, chin glides to stabilize the Longus Colli, and TheraBands to enhance extensor function. These methods aim to realign the head’s posture with gravity, relieving pressure from the neck and back muscles.

If you’re experiencing forward head posture, contact us today to book an appointment.

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