Forward head posture is when your head leans too far forward, sometimes leading to chronic pain, numbness or tingling in your arms and hands, incorrect breathing, and in some cases, pinched nerves. Luckily, there are ways you can avoid and correct forward head posture, and we’re going to go over some of them below.
What does forward head posture look like?
Firstly, in order to get a better idea of what forward head posture looks like, take a look at the photos provided below (via chiro.org).
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As we can see, the head is leaning forward and putting extra strain on the person’s neck and shoulders, increase the risk factor to their health. In fact, for every inch your head leans forward, it gains a massive ten pounds in weight that your neck and upper back muscles have to deal with. Your body could be dealing with up to 30 pounds of weight from your head, leading to all kinds of muscle strains. As a result of the extra weight, it gradually becomes more difficult to keep your chin from lowering towards your chest, the more your head moves forward.
Another by-product of this bad posture also means your suboccipital muscles, which are responsible for raising your chin, have to stay constantly contracted. This in turn adds extra pressure to your three suboccipital nerves, and can sometimes lead to headaches felt at the base of your skull. This type of pressure can also mimic the feeling of sinus headaches, which are also very unpleasant.
According to Rene Cailliet M.D, forward head posture could even result in a 30 per cent loss of crucial lung capacity: “These breath-related effects are primarily due to the loss of the cervical lordosis, which blocks the action of the hyoid muscles, especially the inferior hyoid responsible for helping lift the first rib during inhalation.”
If you suspect you have problems with forward head posture, read on.
How to avoid forward head posture
There are certain exercises you can do in order to avoid forward head posture, such as chin retractions (nodding your head slowly forward while keeping the neck still), and shoulder blade squeezes. These may seem like simple exercises, but they can help you avoid getting bad posture that will cause muscle strain and other issues.
Treating forward head posture
If uncorrected, forward head posture will only get worse with time. The good news is, chiropractic care is a very effective method of treating forward head posture, especially from an experienced chiropractic rehabilitationist, who should be able to show you plenty of other exercises and stretches you can also perform at home.
How we can help
If you’re suffering from an injury caused by forward head posture, or are in need of chiropractic services for back and neck pain, contact the expertly trained professionals at Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Centre today, and find out more about how our services could benefit you. We’ll be happy to help.