Forward Head Posture
Do you suffer with a forward head posture? Ask your partner or friend to have a look at your posture from the side. Is your ear in front of the tip of your shoulder? Is your neck angling forward? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have a forward head posture. This can lead symptoms such as aches and pains in the neck, headaches, feeling like your head is heavy, shoulder pain, muscle spasms, knots under the shoulder blade, pain at the front of the neck……….the list goes on.
Do You Suffer With Headaches?
A recent study from Murdoch University in WA, showed 80% of headaches could be coming from your neck. Neck joint dysfunction and stress can lead to headaches along with neck pain. Your head weighs roughly the amount of a bowling ball. Physics tells us the further forward your head posture, the heavier your head becomes and the harder the muscles must work to keep it upright.
This exercise is extremely simple, quick and effective at helping with your forward head posture. Simply tuck the chin into the neck (trying to give yourself a double chin). Hold for 5-10seconds, and repeat 15-20 times in a row. Once a day is best, but twice a day is better. This exercise will aim to strengthen your neck flexors, (the muscles at the front of your neck), and stretch your neck extensors, (those tight and stiff muscles at the back of your neck and head). If you feel this exercise makes your symptoms worse, stop and consult a professional. You can watch the video above or head to our youtube page for more videos here.
Need Some Help?
If you would like to be assessed for forward head posture, or need some help with your neck pain or headaches, then get in touch. We provide a detailed exam and assessment of your spine and neck, to help get to the cause of your discomfort, and explain to you the “why” and the “how”. We can see if Chiropractic is for you, and create a plan that aims to get you some relief and back on track towards health. Call us today on 8333 3455 or click here to book online.