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The Importance of Addressing Forward Head Posture

kids-using-their-gadgets-sq400The human head weighs 10-12 pounds-about the same as a bowling ball. If your head has the proper posture, your body can handle the stress of the weight. But if you move your neck even just an inch forward, it doubles the weight! Now, consider what you do when you’re looking at your monitor or your phone-you start to move your head toward the screen.

That pronounced forward head posture is exactly what “tech neck” is. Technology is nearly always in front of us, between phones, laptops and tablets. You might find that you have serious tension in your shoulders, upper neck and head. Spasms and tight muscles are common, and you might experience reduced flexibility and joint pain.

How to Minimize the Effects on Your Body

There are some simple steps you can take to start feeling better from these serious effects of technology use. In our office, Dr. Joel will evaluate your symptoms and help you develop the strategy that is right for you. There are stretches and exercises that will be recommended to you, along with adjustments that properly align your spine and joints.

Thanks to our advanced X-ray technology, we can pinpoint the exact effects your forward head posture has had on your health, relating it to your symptoms so that you understand the cause. You’ll be given advice and tips about movement and ergonomics so you can take your health into your own hands.

Practical, Hands-on Advice

Outside of the office, you should try to be intentional about your range of motion. Let your head stretch left, right, up and down without extra force-gently move it around to help any tension. You can also do circles with your shoulders, front and back. Try pinching your shoulder blades together at the center of your back, holding for a few seconds.

You can also hold your device higher so that it meets your eye level, meaning you won’t have to look down to see the screen.

If you’re concerned about the right support for your neck, you should consider your pillow. There are different pillows required depending on whether you’re a back or side sleeper. If you are a back sleeper, your neck needs the right support that will hold it in a neutral position. Side sleepers need to remember that their pillow should support both their head and shoulders in a neutral position.

If you have more questions or are concerned about tech neck, give our office a call to schedule your examination!

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