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Neck pain forward head posture Leisure World

woman-working-with-neck-pain-sq-300Over the past 30 years we at Moss Chiropractic and Wellness have recognized the effects of posture on our bodies over all ability to function at a healthy level.

The effect of posture on health is becoming more evident to the scientific community. “Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture. The corollary of these observations is that many symptoms including pain, may be moderated or eliminated by improved posture “[1]

One of the most common postural problems is forward head posture (FHP) near Leisure World. Since we live in a forward facing world, the repetitive use of computers, TV, videogames, trauma, and even backpacks have forced the body to adapt to a forward head posture. Repetitive movements in a certain direction will strengthen nerve and muscle pathways to move that way more readily. [2], [3]. An example would be the adaptation of the body to do gymnastics easily after repetitive practice. It is the repetition of forward head movements, combined with poor ergonomic postures and/or trauma that causes the body to adapt to a forward head posture.

Ideally, the head should sit directly on the neck and shoulders, like a golf ball sits on a tee. The weight of the head is more like a bowling ball than a golf ball, so holding it forward, out of alignment, puts a strain on your neck and upper back muscles. The results can be muscle fatigue and, all too often, an aching neck. [4] Because the neck and shoulders have to carry this weight all day in an isometric contraction, this causes neck muscles to lose blood, get damaged, fatigue , strain, cause pain, burning and fibromyalgia. When spinal tissues are subject to a significant load for a sustained period of time, they deform and undergo remolding changes that could become permanent. This is why it takes time to correct FHP. In addition, FHP has been shown to flatten the normal neck curve, resulting in disc compression, damage, and early arthritis. [5] This abnormal position is also responsible for many tension headaches, often termed cervicogenic headaches.

F.H.P leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniation, arthritis, and pinched nerves.

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FHP also causes tension in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) or jaw joint, leading to pain, headaches and bite problems. Some evidence exists that postural positions can affect the nerve tissue by altering blood flow to the spinal cord. [6] People with uncorrected FHP can potentially suffer chronic or unpleasant conditions, such as pinched nerves and blood vessels, like thoracic outlet syndrome, muscle and tissue pain, syndromes like fibromyalgia, chronic strains, and early degeneration and arthritis. [7-14]

FHP is relatively easy to detect. Have the person you are checking look up at the ceiling, down at the floor, and then straight ahead. Find the center of the shoulder and draw an imaginary line up. It should land through the middle of the ear’s hole (external auditory meatus). Any forward head posture should be immediately checked by a chiropractor. Medical doctors do not fix these types of problems. “Despite considerable evidence that posture affects physiology and function, the significant influence of posture on health is not addressed by most physicians”. [1] Remember, long standing postural problems like FHP will cause spine and nerve damage, and symptoms are rarely present early on.

Monitoring good posture is a lifetime commitment near Leisure World MD. With a little effort and a chiropractor on your health care team, you can be assured a future doing things you love do, rather than suffering from damage and degeneration poor posture can bring.

According to Renee Calliet, M.D., if the head weighs 10 lbs and the center of the ear sits directly over the center of the shoulder, the load on the spine and its tissue is only 10lbs. However, if the head is translated forward its weight will increase by 10 lbs. for every inch forward it is. In effect, if the center of the ear is three inches forward from the center of the shoulders, the weight of the head on the spine and its discs, joints and nerves is 30lbs. [10]

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**   Referenced excerpts taken from 2001 Certainty Practice Products (Damaging Affects of Forward Head Posture :FHP)   **

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Welcome to Leisure World, MD

Leisure World is a census-designated place and unincorporated area in Montgomery CountyMaryland, United States. It is an age-restricted, gated development primarily inhabited by retirees. It was formerly known as the Rossmoor census-designated place for the 2000 census, at which time it had a population of 7,569.