Forward Head Posture (FHP), also known as ‘text neck’, is a condition in which the head is positioned forward and down relative to the shoulders. This posture can be caused by excessive use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets or from poor sitting postures when working at a desk or computer.
If you spend a lot of time on your phone, it’s not uncommon to develop a case of ‘text neck’. Thankfully, with the right treatment text neck can be easily corrected with no side effects. Our chiropractors can assess your condition and provide you with the treatment you need to get your neck back on track. Book your first appointment with us today.
Forward head posture can have a range of negative effects on your health and well-being. If you find yourself affected by the following, you may need to see a specialist:
Neck pain and shoulder pain: The strain placed on the muscles and ligaments in the neck and upper back can lead to chronic pain and discomfort.
Headaches: Misalignment of the head and neck can cause tension headaches and migraines.
Reduced range of motion: Tight muscles and restricted movement can limit your ability to turn your head and perform daily activities.
Poor posture: Forward head posture often accompanies rounded shoulders and a slouched posture, which can impact your overall appearance and self-confidence.
What Causes Forward Head Posture?
Forward head posture is often caused by excessive use of technology devices and poor sitting postures. When looking down at a device, the neck bends forward, placing strain on the muscles in the neck and upper back. Over time, this strain can lead to what looks like a hunch or crouched-over posture. Here are some of the things that could be causing your Forward Head Posture:
Extended device use: Regularly looking down at screens for extended periods can gradually lead to forward head posture. This could be your laptop or your phone.
Consistently high stress levels: When we are stressed, our body’s nervous switches to ‘sympathetic’ mode, meaning it is much more ready for action as it becomes alert. During this mode, our shoulders begin to rise and our heads come forward. For those of us who are stressed often, we tend to have a stiff upper back/neck because of this reason.
Sitting around too long: Spending long hours sitting, whether at work or during leisure time, can contribute to poor posture and the development of forward head posture.
Muscle imbalances: Weakness in the neck and upper back muscles, combined with tightness in the chest and front of the neck, can result in forward head posture.
Poor ergonomics: A poor workstation setup, such as an improperly positioned monitor or chair, can encourage the adoption of forward head posture.
How Our Chiropractors Fix Forward Head Posture
At Chiropractic Health, our chiropractors understand the effects of forward head posture on your daily life. We’ve helped many of our patients recover and improve their posture, and in turn their quality of life. If you’re suffering from forward head posture, don’t wait to get it corrected.
Discuss your needs with one of our chiropractors today. We’ll create a tailored care plan for you, using a range of techniques to alleviate pain and restore proper alignment.
Postural assessment and correction: Our chiropractors will conduct a thorough examination to assess your postural alignment and identify the underlying causes of your forward head posture.
Chiropractic adjustments: Using precise manual techniques, our chiropractors will adjust your spine in areas that can be contributing to your poor posture.
Soft tissue therapy: We employ various soft tissue techniques, such as massage and myofascial release, to alleviate muscle tension and improve flexibility.
Exercise and rehabilitation: Our chiropractors will prescribe specific exercises and stretches to strengthen weak muscles, improve posture, and enhance overall mobility.
Ergonomic advice: We provide guidance on proper workstation setup and techniques to maintain good posture during daily activities.
Education and self-care: We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge, and providing exercises they can do at home to correct forward head posture themselves.
Book Your First Session Today
Don’t let forward head posture limit your daily activities and cause unnecessary pain. Take the first step towards better posture and a pain-free life by scheduling an appointment with one of our chiropractors. Click below to book your initial consultation today for just $79!