Neck pain, fatigue, carpel tunnel syndrome, TMJ syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches and many more conditions can be caused by how you hold your head. An estimated 90% of the population do have a forward head posture. In my chiropractic office in Springfield, VA, 9 out of 10 patients will have a forward head posture. But how do you get into the habit of a forward head posture? Today’s use of computers, television and increased commute time to work causes the joints, nerves and muscles to become irritate and injured. Once the body reaches this breaking point you start having pain whether it be in the joints in the neck, the muscles or irritate the nerves supplying the arm and hand.
So what exactly is a good head posture: With correct head posture, the ear is centered over the shoulder. If the ear is off center to the front of the shoulder, this is known as forward head posture. For every inch the head is forward of this center position, it exerts an additional 10 pounds on the muscles in your neck and upper back, causing them to work harder to keep your head erect and your chin up!
What can be done to correct a bad forward head posture? At my chiropractic office we take a three prong approach to treating forward head posture. First we treat the muscles using Active Release Techniques & Graston Technique which loosens up the tight, muscle adhesions. Next we restore the joint mobility, re-align the joints and take pressure off the nerves with a chiropractic adjustment. Finally we strengthen the weak neck muscles and apply proper ergonomics so that the patient does not re-injury their neck on a day to day basis.
We have found this treatment to be very effective in correcting a forward head posture, along with the patient modifying their postural habits and ergonomics on a daily basis. So if you have been experiencing neck pain, headaches, TMJ syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome give us a call today at (703) 912-7822 or visit us at http://www.NovaChiroWellness.com