DID YOU KNOW?
For every inch (2.5cm) the neck moves forward, the weight of the head on the spine increases by an additional 4.5kg?! That’s a lot of pressure on the neck and shoulders! The muscles in the UPPER BACK then have to work much harder to keep your head in an upright position!
Just imagine having a watermelon hung around your neck!
This can lead to:
Upper back pain
Degenerative disc disease
Muscle strain and tension
Loss of lung capacity
Chiropractic care is incredibly helpful for this condition; we CORRECT joint fixations (known as subluxations) and RE-ALIGN the muscles to correct their position and performance, allowing them to normally balance the head.
As well as chiropractic care and adjustments, there are postural stretches and strengthening exercises you can do to help correct the imbalance:
Chin tucks to strengthen the neck flexors
Teres minor strengthening to keep shoulders back
Rows to strengthen your rhomboids and keep your shoulder blades together
Pectoral stretches to stop the shoulders rolling forward
Correct pillow and mattress posture
Ensuring the ergonomics of your work space is correct
There are plenty of other things you can do to help with forward head carriage, but these tips are a good start!
If you suffer from a forward head posture and pain in the neck and shoulders, book online for your Initial Consultation today! CLICK HERE
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