Forward Head Posture?
Think of how uncomfortable it would be to hang a bowling ball around your neck. Well that is exactly what your body might be experiencing every day if you suffer from Forward Head Posture (FHP).
For every inch your head posture sits forward it exerts 4.5 Kilograms of additional weight on your neck. These forces will have to be balanced by additional action of approximately 50% by the muscles of your neck and shoulders which will ultimately be absorbed by the joints of your spine. Furthermore, this constant load on the neck and shoulders can produce pressure on the nerves at the base of the skull which is a common cause of headaches.
Some common symptoms associated with FHP are:
· Neck and/or mid back discomfort
· Altered sensation in the arms and hands (pins and needles)
· Pain in the arms and hands
Like most spinal problems FHP can if not managed correctly produce a slow and insidious degeneration of the spine in the neck and mid back. The longer it is allowed to progress the less effective treatment and management are at resolving the problem and the symptoms it produces. So early detection and decisive treatment and management are essential to providing the best possible outcome.
Becoming aware of FHP is the first step towards correcting the problem and avoiding the potential problems that it can produce. If you experience any of the symptoms of FHP, or know someone who does, then it might be worthwhile contacting the Centre to have a check up?
We can provide you with a comprehensive treatment and management plan.
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