Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Foreward Head Posture is no Joke!

“For every inch of Forward Head Posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” -Kapandji, Physiology of Joints, Vol. 3

Carry your head 2" foreward and you're asking your neck and spine to deal with an extra 20 pounds. Ever try to carry a 20 pound bag around for an entire day?

Foreward head posture can also decrease your vital lung capacity and alter bowel function.

Click this line of text to read the article from which I'm paraphrasing and quoting.

Here's a simple exercise to prevent/help reverse foreward head posture:

Sit in good alignment, knees in front of hips, feet directly under knees and straight ahead, shoulders over hips, chin level.

Now pull or "duck" your chin back and hold. You're moving to a position as if avoiding something swinging in front of your face and threatening to hit your face.

Repeating this simple exercise throughout the day can help release your neck muscles but a thorough massage followed by the use of this and/or possibly other exercises will be even more effective. The reason that the combination is more effective is that this or any other postural deviation may not be coming from the area you see the deviation. So a quick neck fix might not take away the pain long term. If your neck hurts and I give you a neck massage without looking for other causes for the deviation I'm basically chasing the pain. At best that's a short term answer to the problem.

Additonal food for thought: Look at the sequential pictures above. What is happening to the line of the shoulders? Is that hunched look inevitable as we age? I personally don't think so.

*This exercise should not be considered medical advice. If you develop pain as a result of this exercise or existing pain becomes worse please discontinue using it immediately.

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