Have you ever seen an older person slowly shuffling down the sidewalk, their back hunched over and their head thrust forward? This is an advanced case of forward head posture. (FHP).
Forward Head Posture not only looks bad, but over time can damage the small bones in the neck (cervical vertebrae) and also the discs (the spongy ‘shock absorbers’ between every vertebra). FHP occurs when a person’s neck loses its normal curve and is forced into a forward leaning position. Whatever the cause, the natural curve of the neck is slowly destroyed and with it the vertebrae and discs.
Protecting the natural curve of the neck is extremely important. The discs are shaped like triangles to accommodate the curve and the nerves also benefit from this shape. When there is FHP the curve is slowly lost and the discs begin to change shape and deform. This is followed by subtle changes to the vertebrae.
If allowed to continue untreated, the delicate spinal nerves will become compressed. Disc compression can lead to a wide variety of problems including:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Weakness in the arms, hands or wrists
- Numbness in the hands and fingers
- Muscle spasms and poor coordination
In addition, a study in the UK found that people who had a malformed cervical curve were more than five times as likely to die before the age of 67. This demonstrates that a proper cervical curve is essential for people who wish to remain healthy and active into their later years.
Here’s the good news… In most cases Foward Head Posture is completely correctable with chiropractic care, spinal decompression, and the best healer of all — time.
If you have neck pain or have been in an auto accident. it’s important you receive treatment. As a Garland chiropractor, I can diagnose whether you have or are at risk for this destructive condition.
If you do have Forward Head Posture, we can begin chiropractic treatment to help restore your neck to a healthier condition. Spinal Decompression Therapy, which is available through my Garland Chiropractic office can help speed the process and restore the curve. We also offer helpful at home therapy devices which provide additional benefit.
If you’re suffering from headaches, neck pain, stiffness in the shoulders, arms and hands it’s time to visit your Garland Chiropractor. Call me today for a full check-up so we can make sure that your neck has a great curve. Your body will thank you for it!