Forward head posture (FHP) is the incorrect posture of the neck and spine which puts stress on the cervical spine. Forward head posture can cause several health problems, including carpal tunnel, sciatica, and rotator cuff Syndrome. Many people do not even know they have FHP but there is a solution on how to correct forward head posture.
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The Health Problems Associated with Forward Head Posture
Forward head posture is often associated with several health problems. Carpal tunnel is the most common problem, as the pressure on the carpal tunnel can cause serious damage. The cervical spine is also at risk for damage as FHP puts more stress on that area. Other health problems that can be caused by forwarding head posture include sciatica, rotator cuff syndrome, and neck pain.
FHP is also a common cause of headaches, which is the most common reason to seek a chiropractor. It is estimated that 80% of headaches are caused by the misalignment of the neck and spine. The muscles in this area are often overworked and damaged from chronic stress placed on them by FHP.
How to Correct Forward Head Posture?
To correct forward head posture, you will need to do a few things. First, you will need to do some basic neck and spine exercises. These exercises will help improve your posture and keep the tension on your cervical spine in a healthy range. Second, you will need to use a chair or other convenient tool to help you sit up straight. This will help keep the stress on your neck and spine in a healthy range. Lastly, you will need to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and improve your posture.
Doing these things will help you improve your posture and avoid further damage to your neck and spine.
To start going through the movement, you need to ensure that you set yourself into a good posture. You are in a good alignment with head, shoulders and hips.
Tilt the head down and bring the head back then elongate the back of the head. Start off with 5 repetitions, holding the end position for about 5 seconds.
Do not overdo it.
Do not bring the head way far back or overstretch the back of the head. Overstretching the back of the head will irritate the tissue that can lead to pain and headaches. Look for a light stretch. It is more important to do this exercise often as opposed to doing a hundred in a row which can overstretch the tissues. You can progress to 10 repetitions with 10 seconds hold.
This is a great simple exercise that you can do anywhere to help adjust your neck.
Forward head posture is a common issue that can lead to health problems, such as neck and back pain, as well as a host of other issues. To correct forward head posture, you will first need to understand the health problems associated with it, and then work to correct them.
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