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Headches, Neck Pain and Forward Head Posture

Is your head weighing on you?

Forwardhead posture(FHP)is a common problem with many patients. FHP means thatyour head is no longer in proper alignment with the rest of your bodyand it places undue stresses on your muscles and joints. This can leadto pain, pinched nerves and the early onset of degenerative process ofyour vertebral joints.

For every inch your head moves forwards,the head gains 10 pounds in weight, as far as the muscles in your upperback and neck are concerned, because they have to work much harder tokeep the head (chin) from dropping forwards onto your chest. Thisforces the muscles that raise the chin to remain in constantcontraction, putting pressure on your suboccipital nerves. This nervecompression may cause headaches at the base of the skull, and may evenmimic sinus headaches!

Persistent forward head posture (a.k.a"hyperkyphotic posture") puts compressive loads upon the upper thoracicvertebra, and is also associated with the development of Upper ThoracicHump, which can devolve into Dowager Hump when the vertebra developcompression fractures (anterior wedging).

Symptoms associated with Forward Head Posture:

-Neck and upper back pain
-Shoulder pain

How can Chiropractic Help:

Chiropracticcan help by manually re-introducing proper motion to the restrictedsegments, thereby reducing muscle tension and nerve pressure. Also, thechiropractor should address the postural problems that might have ledto the development of FHP, and also teach upper back and posturalexercises in order to help reverse the process or reduce theprogression of the FHP.

If you have any questions regarding FHP or any other chiropractic concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


Dr. Eric - Your Santa Monica Chiropractor



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