Are You Walking Around with a 40 Pound Head? The Damaging Effects of Forward Head Posture
Every inch of Forward Head Posture increases the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.(fig 1)
It’s not uncommon to have clients walk into my office sporting a head that weighs the equivalent of 40lbs. because their head has moved three inches forward of their shoulders. Each inch forward adds about 10 lbs of pressure. Since the average head weighs about 10 lbs it is equivalent to having 40lbs of pressure to the spine. The effect of posture on health is becoming more evident. “Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.
Forward Head Posture Symptoms
A head in forward posture in addition to adding 30 lbs. of weight to the spine can also pull the entire cervical spine out of alignment.
tension and migraine headaches
The entire gastrointestinal system (particularly the large intestine) may become agitated resulting in sluggish bowel function and evacuation.
knots in your back neck muscles
Most attempts to correct posture are directed toward the spine, shoulders and pelvis. All are important, but, head position takes precedence over all others. The body follows the head. Therefore, the entire body is best aligned by first restoring proper functional alignment to the head.
(MAT) is a system of bodywork developed by Erik Dalton to re-align head, neck, shoulders and spine so proper posture is more easily maintained and a majority of pain problems are eliminated
How to Detect Forward Head Posture
Have someone look at you from the side. Look up at the ceiling, down at the floor and straight ahead. Then have the person draw an imaginary line up through the shoulder. The line should extend up through the hole of the ear. Ideally the head should sit on top of the shoulders like a golf ball sits on a tee. Remember for every inch your head is forward past that imaginary line you are adding approximately 10 lbs. of weight to your spine.
Causes of Forward Head Posture Computer Ergonomics
Positioning computer screens too low, coupled with the repetitive motion of moving the head forward to read the screen is a primary factor.
Most kids use poor posture when playing video games and watching TV. Repetitively sitting in one position for long periods of time causing the body to adapt to bad posture.
Children are now using backpacks to carry school books weighing up to an alarming 30-40 lbs! This forces the head forward to counter balance the weight resulting in abnormal stress to the discs, joints and nerves of the neck, shoulders and lower back.
Solution computer ergonomics
For office use and video game play, place your computer monitor height so the top third of the screen is even with your eyes and the screen is 18” - 24” from your face. Support the lower back. If children sit on the floor looking upward, have them use a floor pillow armchair and sit up straight.
Every 20-30 minutes, sit up straight and pull the neck and head back over the shoulders. Hold for a count of 3 and do 15-20 reps. Alternatively, stand against a wall with a small pillow at your mid-back, move your head back to touch the wall, hold for a count of 3 and do 20-25 reps.
Backpacks - maximum backpack weight should be 15% of the child’s weight. Never wear backpacks over one shoulder. Always use a waist belt, and if available, a chest belt to neutralize the load Last but not least. Get a massage !! so your therapist can stretch and release muscles that are too tight and strengthen weak muscles that are contributing to the pattern of your Forward Head Posture.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a wonderful self help tool that can help clients deal with pain and a variety of emotional issues. Below I have provided an easy to use introduction. Please read, explore, and call if you have any questions.
EFT is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. Here's how you can experience this for yourself: Try EFT yourself by downloading a free starter package which includes starter manual @ www.emofree.com, It gives you all the basics and allows you to test drive EFT on your own issues (although at a beginner's level). If you like what you see and want to learn more or try a session give me a call. Caveat: For people who are emotionally or physically frail, qualified health professionals should be consulted before using any health procedure, including EFT. These are written by clients, therapists and physicians and allow you to see EFTs possibilities through the eyes of both newcomers and professionals. Note the wide variety of successes. This is why you are encouraged to, "Try it on everything"
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