Forward head posture occurs when someone’s head looks as if it’s positioned in the frontline of the body. It goes by many names, including:
It’s considered the most common postural issue. Health experts estimate that more than two-thirds of the population suffers from the condition, with as many as 90 percent experiencing it at some point.
Forward head posture is usually caused by one or more of the following factors:
In addition to the primary issues caused by FHP, many secondary problems can arise. You might be able to live with FHP, but eventually, it causes pain and other issues that affect your overall health. This is why it’s so important to treat the condition and correct postural issues earlier rather than wait until you have many health issues related to FHP.
Adverse effects of FHP on your health include:
Chiropractors can help you correct forward head posture, as well as a variety of other postural issues. It’s a safe, natural alternative to pharmaceutical treatment and surgery.
In most cases, with chiropractic treatment, at-home exercises, and a focus on practicing good posture, you’ll correct FHP. But keep in mind the problem isn’t solved overnight. It takes practice to correct poor posture. Don’t be discouraged if your posture isn’t perfect after one visit to the chiropractor. You’ll need to work in conjunction with your chiropractor to correct problems and improve your overall health.
Chiropractic treatment begins with an analysis of what’s causing your FHP. Sometimes, behavioral or lifestyle changes are enough to correct or improve the problem. In other cases, such as when FHP is associated with work, you’ll need to compensate for what’s required with exercises and best practices.
For example, if you sit at a computer all day and that’s what’s causing FHP, you’ll need to practice good posture and elevate your computer screen to force your head up.
Chiropractors can also use spinal decompression therapy to reverse FHP. This involves the use of a special table that’s adjusted for each person. You lie on your back while your chiropractor manipulates your upper body and moves it upright. This relieves pressure on the spine and corrects postural issues.
Other techniques chiropractors use to correct FHP include:
This is a technique that realigns the spine to its natural state. It reduces muscle and ligament strain and usually significantly positively affects posture.
These exercises strengthen and stretch the back and neck. This improves posture and reduces the strain on your muscles.
This therapy stretches and massages the muscles and ligaments in the neck and back. Not only does it reduce tension and pain, but it also improves circulation, which speeds healing. It also feels great.
These improve posture when sitting or standing, reducing strain on the neck and back.
In addition to the treatments used in the office by a chiropractor, they’ll also suggest things you can do at home to correct FHP. In most cases, spinal decompression and in-office and at-home exercises correct the problem. Treatment plans are customized for each patient and address their whole-body health.
Most people report feeling better overall after seeing a chiropractor. Not only is FHP or the primary condition relieved, they see improvements in other areas of the body.
At-home exercises for FHP help to strengthen your back muscles and improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. This reduces your desire to slump. You’ll feel better practicing good posture and won’t be tempted to lean forward or hunch over.
You can also make some changes to improve FHP and avoid future problems. For example:
Exercises you can do on your own to correct FHP include:
Chiropractic care offers a variety of benefits for treating FHP. For example:
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