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The Dangers of Untreated Forward Head Posture

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What is Forward Head Posture?

Forward head posture is a common condition that occurs when the head protrudes forward from its natural position. In addition, this posture problem can be caused by long hours of sitting at a desk, hunching over a computer or phone, and slouching posture.

The Dangers of Untreated Forward Head Posture

Untreated forward head posture can cause a variety of health issues. Next, these issues include headaches, neck stiffness, shoulder pain, tingling or numbness in the arms and hands, reduced mobility, and even breathing problems in severe cases. Finally, it can also make a person look older and less confident.

Chiropractic Care for Forward Head Posture

Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive, and drug-free approach to treating forward head posture. Chiropractors focus on correcting spinal misalignments, improving joint motion, and reducing nerve tension in the body.

Techniques and Treatments for Forward Head Posture

  • Spinal Adjustment: The chiropractor uses their hands to apply gentle force to the affected spinal joints to realign them to their proper position.
  • Postural Correction: The chiropractor assesses the patient’s posture and recommends exercises and stretches that target the areas affected by forward head posture.
  • Manual Therapy: The chiropractor applies pressure to the soft tissues in the neck, shoulders, and upper back to help relax the muscles and improve circulation.
  • Lifestyle Changes: The chiropractor provides advice on lifestyle changes that can help prevent the recurrence of forward head posture, such as ergonomics, exercise, and stress reduction techniques.

Scientific Research on Forward Head Posture

Scientific research has found that forward head posture can decrease cervical joint range of motion and increase muscle activity in the upper trapezius and levator scapulae muscles. In addition, corrective exercises designed to improve posture and strengthen the neck muscles have been found to be effective in improving forward head posture and alleviating associated symptoms.

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Untreated forward head posture can cause a variety of health issues and negatively impact a person’s appearance and confidence. Chiropractic care is a natural and effective approach to correcting forward head posture and improving overall spinal health. Finally, with proper treatment and lifestyle changes, patients can regain their mobility, comfort, and confidence.

References:

  1. Edmondston, S. J., Sharp, M., Symes, A., & Alhabib, N. (2016). Changes in mechanical load and extensor muscle activity in the cervico-thoracic spine induced by head posture replicated during computer use. Ergonomics, 59(2), 320-328.
  2. Fernández-de-las-Peñas, C., Bueno, A., Ferrando, J., Elliott, J. M., Cuadrado, M. L., & Pareja, J. A. (2007). Magnetic resonance imaging study of the influence of head posture on the cervical spine. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 17(6), 731-736.
  3. Khalil, T. M., AbdelFatah, O. E., & Khaled, Y. S. (2016). Effect of forward head posture on cervical muscle activity during smartphone use. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 54, 112-119.
  4. Kim, D. H., Ju, Y. S., & Lee, C. (2019). The effect of forward head posture on muscle tone and activity in the cervical erector spinae and upper trapezius among young adults with and without neck pain. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 31(1), 26-30.
  5. Kim, J. T., Kim, D. K., Kim, H. J., & Kim, K. T. (2017). The relationship between cervical posture and functional disability in patients with cervical spine disorders. European Spine Journal, 26(10), 2666-2671.


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