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The authors of “Forward Head Posture Fix”, Injury Specialist Rick Kaselj & Mike Westerdal, have some great insights and analogies and I ‘d like to share a few regarding the neck and back pain that can be associated with Forward Head Posture, FHP. Here’s the first. “Think about holding a bag of groceries close to your body versus with your arm extended. The bag weighs the same, but see how much more effort, strain, and pain are created when the arm is stretched forward. Now, try that with a 10-pound bowling ball! This is EXACTLY what takes place when the head is moved out in front of the spine.”
How to fix forward head posture and rounded shoulders requires an understanding of what happens to our bodies when we assume a forward head posture. The authors make it clear that “when the weight of your head shifts forward that is an action. So scientifically speaking based on Newton’s findings, there must be an opposite reaction somewhere else in the body. This is unavoidable. Breakdown somewhere else WILL occur. In some individuals it’s in their neck, some might find pain in the shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, and so on…”(Injury Specialist Rick Kaselj & Mike Westerdal)
As detailed in “Forward Head Posture Fix” pain can be experienced in different locations of your neck and back. The authors note that “Forward Head Posture pain isn’t exclusive to the neck. However, head forward posture puts greater stress on the neck and does not allow the shoulder to work properly. This is what causes pain, injury and possibly permanent damage.”(Injury Specialist Rick Kaselj & Mike Westerdal)
Interesting Statistics: “When it comes to neck pain, it is a problem that about 70% of people will face within their lifetime. During a calendar year, 30% of people will report neck pain and 5% to 10% of people will be disabled due to neck pain. Neck pain is a common problem in the community, affecting approximately 70% of people at some point in their life. In any one Injury year, 30% of adults will report neck pain, and 5-10% will be disabled because of it.” (Gupta 2013).
“With the head moved forward, this leads to a flattening out of the neck and greater stress put on the tissues in the spine, especially the lower back, leading to strain and pain on the muscles, ligaments, fascia, and bones of the spine and lower back.” (Injury Specialist Rick Kaselj & Mike Westerdal) The fastest way to fix forward head posture is to first learn how and why this unnatural posture impacts our whole body, then take action to correct the FHP you may be experiencing.
As the authors’ lead us to realize that FHP and the pain we experience are connected, stating “It all starts at the head! The head is the ‘cornerstone’ of the body that keeps everything else in its natural position. It’s fitting that the ‘head’ is called just that.” Learning how to fix and prevent a forward head posture is key to reduce pain by reducing the stresses on your spine, lower back and shoulders.