Are you able to see yourself in the mirror and know if you have Forward Head Posture Syndrome? The key traits to look out for is whether your chin is out in front of your shoulders and chest, causing a misplacement of the neck and skull. Sometimes this is very obvious, yet other times it is hard to detect with the naked eye.
When you think of chiropractors and the type of people they may be able to help, perhaps you typically think of people you’ve seen on the street with very obvious hunches and think, “Well, at least I’m not like that so I don’t need to see a chiropractor.” What if we told you that you are at risk of developing such a hunch if you don’t correct your Forward Head Posture Syndrome which until now, may have remained unnoticed. The subtlety of the Forward Head Syndrome is that it doesn’t begin with a very obvious hunch at all. That is why at Body Brilliant, we have specific tools and examination techniques to measure the precise distance and degree of forward head posture and are able to provide tailored care recommendations for correction and maintenance. You can book today to find out how we can help.
Causes and contributing factors to a forward head posture can range from past trauma, repetitive motions and strains, to emotional stress. The significance of the long-term impacts and effects on your health associated with Forward Head Syndrome has been increasingly mapped out in studies related to head position and other bodily functions.
Dr Rene Cailliet, M.D., director of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Southern California, wrote about the effects of forward head syndrome in his book “Rejuvenation Strategy.”
- Incorrect head positioning leads to improper spinal function.
- The head in forward posture can add up to 30 pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine.
- Forward head posture results in loss of vital lung capacity. In fact, lung capacity is depleted by as much as 30 percent. Loss of lung capacity leads to heart and blood vascular problems.
- The entire gastrointestinal system is affected, particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel peristaltic function and evacuation is a common condition that comes with forward head posture and loss of spinal lordotic curves.
- Forward head posture causes an increase in discomfort and pain. Freedom of motion in the first four cervical vertebrae is a major source of stimuli that causes production of endorphins in production many otherwise non-painful sensations are experienced as pain.
- Forward head posture causes loss of healthy spine-body motion. The entire body becomes rigid as the range of motion lessens. Soon, one becomes hunched.
As the above comments by Dr. Cailliet show, it’s incredibly important to restore the skull and cervical spine back to their normal position, which can be done by focusing on four areas:
- Correcting the position of the skull
- Adjusting pertinent cervical vertebrae
- Rehabilitating the musculature in the back of the neck and upper shoulders
- Correcting any imbalances in posture i.e.: high shoulder, torso rotation, lateral head flexion or rotation
At Body Brilliant we have been providing Spinal Corrective Care to our community since we opened in 2004. There is a difference in the care and outcomes when you truly look to change the biomechanical damage (Subluxation) and not just cover-up the pain. Structure Determines Function.
See and feel the difference for yourself. Schedule your Entire Family for their Check-ups. Developing early detection records for Spinal Problems may very well be the most important thing you can do for your current and future Health. Forward Head Syndrome is so prevalent, it runs rampant in our society and Research Proves it is a KILLER. Get checked today. Stop the Needless Suffering. “Stay WELL Adjusted…for Life.”