Forward Head Posture or FHP is a condition where the position of your head moves forward from the center of the shoulders. As the head moves forward, your center of gravity shifts and creates a domino effect of problems. To compensate for the shift in your center of gravity, your upper body will drift backward. To compensate for your upper body shift, your hips tilt forward. All this shifting of the body causes strains, stress and ultimately pain for numerous parts of your body. Forward Head Posture can cause serious health problems if left untreated. At our Baker Chiropractic and Wellness clinics in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, we have been treating Forward Head Posture safely and effectively or nearly 20 years.
The Weight of Your Head Increases Dramatically with FHP
A human heads weighs between 8 and 10 pounds on average. With correct posture, your head does not feel like it weighs much at all because it is perfectly balanced and positioned. When Forward Head Posture begins to develop and your head begins to move forward away from its balanced position, the weight of your head begins to increase. In fact, for every 1 inch your head moves forward, the relative weight of the head over the body doubles due to the effects of gravity.
Forward Head Posture Causes All Types of Pain and Health Problems
As the head moves forward and shifts your center of gravity, it places a great deal of stress on many parts of your body including, but not limited to, your head, neck, shoulders and back. The stress will manifest into discomfort and pain. The following lists some common health conditions that can be associated with Forward Head Posture:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Tempero-mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
- Neck Pain
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Shoulder Pain
- Upper Back Pain
- Middle Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Sore Chest Muscles
- Poor Sleep or Insomnia
- Chronic “achy” feeling all over
- Disc degeneration
- Numbness or tingling in the arms and/or hands
- Trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain)
- Looking down while typing on a keyword and viewing a computer screen
- Slouching or improperly sitting with shoulders rounded and backed hunched
- Carrying a heavy purse or back pack over one shoulder
- Driving with your head more than 3 inches away from the headrest of the seat
In addition to the above, Forward Head Posture can reduce lung capacity and blood flow as well as impact your gastrointestinal system. Persistent Forward Head Posture can lead to spinal degeneration and a condition called Kyphosis. Three separate studies have linked Kyphosis to early degeneration of the nervous system, organ disease, and even premature death.
It’s extremely important to address and treat Forward Head Posture.
Carrying a Purse, a Back Pack or Spending Considerable Time Driving or Working at a Computer
Remember when your parents or teacher told you not to “slouch” and “sit up straight”. They weren’t trying to be annoying. They were trying to teach you good posture and prevent Forward Head Posture from developing. We need to be aware of our posture at all times and practice good posture techniques in our daily lives. The following are common activities that can contribute to Forward Head Posture:
Prevent or Stop Forward Head Posture
It’s vital to your long term health and happiness to address Forward Head Posture. We can properly treat Forward Head Posture if it has developed through safe chiropractic care. We can also provide invaluable instructions and guidance on how to prevent Forward Head Posture from developing in the first place. Please contact us for a consultation via telephone or Skype. We will discuss your specific issues, provide you with guidance and help you either find a qualified physician in your area or arrange a visit to our clinics.