The Domino Effect: Dangers of Forward Head Posture
The primary cause of forward head posture is long-term subluxation and lack of spinal hygiene or neglect, which can become worse with many common, everyday activities that many of us do habitually. Here are some of the more common ways we can make matters worse…
1. Looking down while typing or reading
2. Looking down at a computer screen
3. Sitting improperly with shoulders rounded and back hunched
4. Driving with your head more than 2 to 3 inches away from the headrest
5. Carrying a backpack or heavy purse slung over one shoulder
6. Sleeping with one or more pillows
Habitual forward head posture/or downward facing postures cause further spinal cord compression which can lead to further degeneration of cervical (neck) vertebrae, less range of motion, and irritation of cervical nerves resulting in tight, sore, and stiff muscles.
Those who have forward head posture, will, over time lose more of the normal spinal curvature in the neck. This leads to muscle strain in order to balance the weight of the head and uneven wearing of the discs and joints of the cervical spine. As forward head posture continues to move forward, it puts more and more pounds of pressure on the discs, muscles, and nerves. One’s forward head posture could be so great that it adds over 40 lbs. of pressure to the discs, muscles, and nerves. That is more than 3 times the normal amount of pressure! Often those with forward head posture suffer from intense headaches and neck strains. What can be done? FHP can be reversed, depending on age, severity of degeneration, and appropriate action.
By correcting spinal subluxations, along with re-educating all of the muscles and ligaments, over a period of time, can reduce, stop, or eliminate FHP, hunch backs, and/or poor posture. You are literally creating a new pattern, improved alignment, and proper function which are keys to good nervous system health. Remember the function and quality of your spine affects your entire body!