Forward head posture is becoming almost as prevalent as breathing among humans. You know the look: head held forward in relation to the shoulder joint, hunchback-style. This position lends itself to overextension of muscles in the front of the neck and tightness and stiffness in the muscles in the back. When left unaddressed, this can lead to degenerative conditions in the vertebrae, nerve impingement and a generally unflattering appearance. Here is our question to you: how many times have you felt tightness in the neck and done nothing about it?
To determine if you have FHP, do a simple test: stand up straight against a wall with heels shoulder-width apart and shoulder blades touching the wall. Does the back of your head touch? If not, you have a good indicator that you may have forward head posture. For every inch held forward, you are adding another 10 pounds of downward pressure to the spine. But not to fear, it is a reversible condition, as long as you are proactive about prevention!
We need to reverse the layers of tight muscles in their proper order.
For people who are serious about getting rid of FHP for good, we help to release overly tight muscles and retrain the ones that matter for keeping your head balanced at the top of your spine. Give our office in Milpitas a call to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.