Forward Head Posture can have a significant impact on the neck (Cervical spine). When the head is carried forward of the shoulders, the weight of the head places an increased load on the muscles, joints, and discs of the neck. In this blog lets discuss how a forward head posture affects the neck (cervical spine).
Forward head posture is a poor posture that is commonly seen in people who work with computers and constantly spend hours in front of a screen or looking down at a phone. When you have a forward head posture the compressive loading on the spine increases, specially your cervical spine and shoulders. It can also cause misalignments in the cervical spine as the lower part of the cervical spine is hyperflexed and the upper part is hyperextended, leading to a number of issues, including stress on the intervertebral disc, vertebra, facet joints and other structures in the spine. It can accelerate spinal degeneration and an increase symptoms of pre-existing conditions such as disc bulges, stenosis, arthritis, etc. When long standing, forward head posture can cause tension on the nerve roots exiting the spine, leading to cervicogenic headaches, jaw pain or nerve pains in the shoulder, arms, forearms all the way up to the fingers.
When the head is placed forward as compared to the rest of the body, this is compensated by slouching the mid back and rounding of the shoulders. This leads to poor postures at the thoracic spine, leading to pain in the neck, mid back and shoulder blades.
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