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Can Head Posture Cause Pain?

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By: Dr. Robert Neposlan

You feel exhausted at the end of the day. Your neck always hurts. You have frequent headaches. You have Fibromyalgia. Have you ever wondered if head posture could be the cause?

If you suffer from forward head posture, also known as “forward head carriage,” you may suffer from these conditions and quite a few others. An estimated 90% of the population suffers from forward head posture!

When your head is positioned correctly, the opening to your ear is centered over your shoulder. If your ear opening is off center and it’s located to the front of the shoulder, then you have forward head posture. And for every inch that your head is off center, an average of 10 -20 additional pounds is exerted on the muscles in your neck and upper back, making them work harder just to keep your head up!

Unfortunately, today’s lifestyle contributes to this condition. Workers hunched over their computers all day, children watching television and playing video games or carrying heavy backpacks, adults or teens cradling the phone between their ear and their shoulder, or driving in the car for long periods of time, and bad posture overall can cause forward head posture. In past articles, we have shared how even the loss of proper foot arches can lead to biomechanical/postural changes and forward head carriage. Left untreated, this condition can cause disc compression (herniated discs, degenerative disc disease), numbness and tingling in the extremities, and poor health.

So, what can you do about this condition?

  • Be sure to receive regular chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care is proven to be effective in reversing forward head posture, reducing pain, and preventing further deterioration of the spine
  • Keep the weight of your child’s backpack to less than 15% of his/her body weightPoor posture picture
  • Get up and stretch every 15-20 minutes if you sit at a desk all day
  • Limit the amount of time your child spends watching television or playing video games
  • Focus more on your posture, making sure you are sitting up straight with your head in an upright position
  • Sleep on a cervical pillow to maintain the proper curve in your cervical spine
  • Get custom fitted orthotics

If you are concerned about forward head posture or you have headaches, muscle weakness in the neck, fatigue, neck/back/hip/knee/foot pain or any other symptoms that you’re concerned about, please do not hesitate to call us.


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