Forward head posture is increasingly becoming a prevalent issue in our society as we spend countless hours hunched over our electronic devices. While it may seem like a minor problem, forward head posture can lead to myriad issues that impact our overall health and quality of life—which is where Chiropractic BioPhysics® comes in! Below are the five most common reasons behind forward head posture, and how a Chiropractic BioPhysics®-certified chiropractor can help in correcting it.
#1. Sedentary Lifestyle
Research shows that spending long hours sitting down, whether at work or home, is one of the main reasons behind forward head posture. When we remain in this position for extended periods, our neck muscles become strained, causing the head to drift forward. Chiropractors who specialize in Chiropractic BioPhysics® recognize this issue and work on correcting it by improving your body’s posture to eliminate any underlying neck problems.
#2. Structural Issues
In some cases, genetics can contribute to the development of forward head posture. You can also develop forward head posture due to a previous injury to your neck or shoulder. Structural misalignments such as these can cause your body to adopt an unhealthy posture over time. A Chiropractic BioPhysics®-certified chiropractor is trained to identify and address these structural issues to correct your spinal alignment and address postural issues.
How do Chiropractic BioPhysics®-certified chiropractors correct spinal alignment?
Chiropractic BioPhysics® certified chiropractors utilize a systematic and scientifically-based approach to correcting structural issues and subluxations in the spine. They conduct a thorough examination and assessment of your spinal alignment, analyzing your posture and movement patterns. With the use of detailed X-rays, they can identify microscopic displacements (subluxations) and structural anomalies that may be contributing to your forward head posture. After diagnosis, a tailored treatment plan is implemented, which may involve chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and therapeutic methods like spinal traction to bring the spine back into alignment, improve posture, and relieve any associated discomfort. These professionals use precise, gentle techniques to correct subluxations, enhancing body function and promoting overall wellness.
#3. Poor Sleeping Habits
Believe it or not, your sleeping position can also contribute to forward head posture. Sleeping with too many pillows or an inadequate pillow can cause your neck to extend forward, leading to a forward head posture over time. Chiropractors who specialize in Chiropractic BioPhysics® work with you to determine if this is the case, and recommend better sleeping habits or prescribe a custom-designed pillow to help correct the issue.
Sleeping on your side or stomach can lead to spinal subluxations due to the uneven distribution of weight and lack of adequate support. When you sleep on your stomach, it forces your neck to turn to one side, which can strain the neck and upper spine. On the other hand, side sleeping can cause your upper body to twist, leading to misalignment in the lower back and hips. Over time, these positions can cause the vertebrae to shift out of place, leading to subluxations. A Chiropractic BioPhysics®-certified chiropractor can identify these issues and work towards correcting them by suggesting suitable sleeping positions and aids, helping to align the spine properly and prevent subluxations.
Stress is a well-known contributing factor to many conditions, and forward head posture is no exception. When you are under mental or emotional duress, you are likely to tense up your neck and shoulder muscles, gradually pulling your cervical spine (the portion of your spine that resides in your neck) out of alignment. Excessive stress can lead to strains and misalignments in your neck that can cause forward head posture.
By working with a Chiropractic BioPhysics® certified chiropractor, you can identify where your body’s tension points are and decrease the stress response to alleviate tension and restore optimal function to your neck.
What are the benefits of Chiropractic BioPhysics® for combatting stress?
Regular Chiropractic BioPhysics® treatment significantly reduces stress over time by directly addressing the physical manifestations of stress in the body. The process begins with a comprehensive analysis of your posture, spinal alignment, and nervous system function. Through precise, gentle adjustments, chiropractors correct subluxations, or misalignments in the spine, which are often the result of chronic stress.
These adjustments not only improve spinal alignment and posture but also facilitate better communication between the nervous system and the rest of the body. When the spine is properly aligned, the body experiences less physical tension and the nervous system can function more optimally. This leads to a reduction in the body’s stress response, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.
Additionally, regular chiropractic care encourages the body to repair itself, enhancing overall wellness and resilience to stress. Chiropractic BioPhysics® also emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle, incorporating stress management techniques, proper nutrition, and regular exercise, all of which contribute to stress reduction. As a result, patients who regularly receive Chiropractic BioPhysics® treatment often report feeling less stressed and more balanced over time.
#5. Poor Posture
Lastly, elongated periods of poor posture can cause forward head posture. It’s common to slouch while working or studying for long periods, and this can cause significant strain on the muscles in your neck and upper back, leading to a forward head posture.
Excessive use of cell phones, computers, or binge-watching television can significantly contribute to the development of forward head posture. When we use these devices, we often tilt our heads down and forward, a posture commonly referred to as “text neck.” This position can put up to 60 pounds of pressure on the neck, increasing the strain on the cervical spine and leading to a forward shift in the head’s alignment. Over time, this can result in the development of forward head posture. It’s crucial to maintain good posture while using these devices, holding them at eye level where possible to reduce the neck strain. Regularly taking breaks, stretching, and consciously correcting our posture can help mitigate this risk.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® specialized chiropractors are trained to help reverse the effects of poor posture and help you maintain your best possible posture over time.
Treating Forward Head Posture with Chiropractic BioPhysics®
Forward head posture may seem like a small issue, but it can have significant impacts on your health that can’t be ignored. Chiropractic BioPhysics®-certified chiropractors have the knowledge, expertise, and specialized equipment to address forward head posture and other postural issues. By correcting the underlying condition, Chiropractic BioPhysics® ensures that your body’s posture is restored, leading to better spinal health, improved quality of life, and an overall sense of well-being. If you’re experiencing forward head posture, use our directory to find a Chiropractic BioPhysics®-certified chiropractor to help alleviate the issue and restore good posture for optimum health.