“Loss of the cervical curve (i.e. loss of normal spinal posture), stretches the spinal cord 5-7 centimeters, and causes disease.”–Dr. A. Breig, Neuro-surgeon, winner of the Nobel Prize
“Forward head posture leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis and pinched nerves.” –Mayo Clinic, November 3, 2000
“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.
“Abnormal postures are well known to play a role in the causation of pain and functional impairment leading to disability.” Calliet, R. M.D., Low Back Pain Syndrome, Edition 4, Pain Series, F.A. Davis Company Fourth Printing, 1991, pgs. 5-8 and 26-43.
“By far the most important proprioceptive information needed for the maintenance of equilibrium is that derived from the joint receptors of the neck” -Guyton A. Basic Neuroscience. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1991
90-97% of all back pain is due to dysfunction of either the spinal joints or the muscles or both. -MANUAL MEDICINE, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1990, 110-114. Kirkaldy-Willis and Tilscher
Shifts in gravity (Postural) in the aging population led to hemorrhoids, varicose veins of the legs, osteoporosis, intestinal problems, overall poorer health and even early death. -Journal of the American Medical Association, J.T. Freeman, “Posture in the Aging and Aged Body”. , Vol. 165, No. 7, 1957, 843-846
And the American Journal of Pain Management, Vol. 4, No.1, 1994, 36-39 “Postural and Respiratory Modulation of Autonomic Function, Pain, and Health” concluded that posture affects all human function including proper breathing, musculoskeletal pain, mind/body interaction and balance, vocal ability–including speaking and singing, proper immune function and, of course, overall health. WOW!
Face pull Exericse: is one of the best exercises to balance out tight Pec’s and Forward Head Posture to achieve structural balance. Charles Poliquin Strenth Coach: 2 min video:
Short Exercise Video: Forward Head Posture Correction (Anti-Ageing Must)
Short Animation on Text Neck: [[[[[[Video]]]]]] Frequent gamers, texters and computer users can develop a condition known as ‘Text Neck’. The condition is a result of bad posture adopted when gaming and texting. Telltale signs include the head tilted forward, shoulders curved, arms bent down by the side, and a hunched back. This animation illustrates what ‘Text Neck’ is, its symptoms and how to avoid them.
Posture Predicts Mortality–Journal of the American Geriatrics Society-Volume 52 Issue 10 Page 1662 – October 2004-Deborah M. Kado, MD, MS, Mei-Hua Huang, DrPH, Arun S. Karlamangla, MD, PhD, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD and Gail A. Greendale, MD
Why is Forward Head Posture so stubborn?
As a developing postural deviation, Forward Head Posture is mainly caused by subconscious responses of our body to unsupportive environmental conditions in everyday life.
From long hours spent at computer, to poorly designed office furniture, to the slouching tendency of our own body while sitting, the unsupportive environmental conditions are pervasive in our lives.
Of course, education and awareness of Forward Head Posture and its severe consequences is important; education and awareness of health hazards of sedentary lifestyles is also important, including the choice of the right office furniture and work station.
However if the tendency of subconscious negative reactions is not controlled, none of the previous efforts will lead to our desired objective of correcting or preventing Forward Head Posture or sometimes called “Anterior Head Carriage”.
It is the subconscious response that is the most difficult to control. And it is the subconscious response that makes the Forward Head Posture so stubborn.
Furthermore, a forward postured head adds 15 – 30 lb of additional tension/stress on its supporting muscles in the back of the neck for each inch of forward protrusion of the head.
The additional stress will, with time, leads to further protrusion of head – more severe Forward Head Posture and related complications.
As a result, unfortunately, FHP not only is stubborn, but also will progress from bad to worse, if not being attended.
How to get the subconscious response under control?
The key word is proprioception.
In the early 1900’s, English neurophysiologist Charles Sherrington (1857-1952) first established his landmark research on the function of the neuron and study of reflex action, for which he received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1932.
It was Charles Sherrington who first used the concept and the term of “proprioception”.
When stimulation’s are provided to the neurons, human body will be activated to subconsciously coordinate and balance itself.
By providing the right stimulation to the right neurons, human body will subconsciously respond in a way that counters the responses that are otherwise caused by unsupportive environmental conditions leading to Forward Head Posture.
Through postural awareness, better ergonomics, and corrective spinal exercises (chin retraction, shoulder blade/mid-scapular strengthening, and a stronger core) you can correct the devastating effects of Forward Head Posture.
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