There is a good chance it is coming from your 'Forward Head Posture' (FHP).
Your head should sit directly on top of the neck and shoulders. Imagine a bowling ball sitting on top of a vacuum cleaner pipe. If the bowling ball rolls forward it is putting enormous pressure on the vacuum cleaner pipe, as in the case of FHP. The neck and shoulder muscles become very tense and tight leading to tension and pain. It can also cause disc problems and other arthritic problems in the neck. Other issues it can lead to are: headaches, back, neck, arm and hand pain and tingling. It can also cause problems with one’s bite and jaw pain. FHP alters the body’s ability to control your balance leading to a greater risk of injuring yourself.
It is usually from being sedentary and spending most of your time sitting down and/or slouching e.g. driving a car, work, watching tv and using a computer, and backpacks. It is the repetitive nature of these activities that causes it.
How do I know if I have FHP?
Have someone look at you side on. The middle of the ear hole should be in a straight line up from the centre of the shoulder. If this is not the case, please consult your Chiropractor as it can cause spine and nerve damage.
How can I prevent or manage it?
- Consult a Chiropractor as it may be possible to improve it through corrective treatment
- Correct work station set up
- Every 20-30minutes take a mini-stretch break or stand up
- Use a low back support in your car and at your workstation
- When wearing a backpack keep both straps on your shoulders and close against your back. It should not weigh more than 10-15% of your body weight
If you would like help with your forward head posture please contact us or book online to so our chiropractors and massage therapist can help you to start feeling better.