DO YOU WANT BETTER POSTURE?
Are you concerned with your posture and your health? Are you experiencing feelings of pain and discomfort? Many people live with poor posture, including forward head posture, and the health challenges that come with it. If you experience headaches, neck tension, have trouble concentrating or generally feel that your posture is off, we may be able to help. Your team at The Back Clinic have written this posture article to provide advice so you can make an informed decision about your health.
WHAT IS FORWARD HEAD POSTURE?
Forward head posture is the anterior (forward) positioning of the cervical (neck) spine. This posture is also known as ‘text next, ‘scholar’s neck’ or ‘reading neck’, as the posture is often associated with these activities. It is commonly considered a degenerative posture, contributing to musculoskeletal health concerns and pain that may worsen over time without correction.
THE IMPORTANCE OF POSTURE TO YOUR HEALTH
Do you know that your posture may determine your level of health? One study1 looked into the association between hyperkyphotic posture (forward-curved posture of the upper back or thoracic spine) and rate of mortality in older persons. The study concluded “older men and women with hyperkyphotic posture have higher mortality rates.”
Indeed, chiropractors have a good understanding of the connection between your posture – including forward head posture – and overall health levels.
THE POWER OF POSITION
Chiropractors have known for a long time that a natural posture, including the position of your head, is important for maintaining optimal health and function. A natural and neutral head posture can be characterised by the following:
- A neck position that allows your head to sit directly above your shoulders.
- You should be able to draw an imaginary vertical line from the middle of your shoulders up to your ears.
- Imagine your neck curve as a backwards C – this is the strongest position possible.