Chiropractic Health & Wellness Blog

Pain in the Neck

May 30, 2012

The Real Pain in the Neck- Your Forward Head Posture

Did you know that the adult human head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds?  With your head properly placed over your shoulders, your spine will have the chance to be in the best alignment possible.  As your head moves forward inch by inch, your heads weight and stress on the spinal column increases.  Every inch  you move forward, you increase the perceived weight of your head by 10 pounds.  That means having a your head posture move forward by 4 inches, your head will weigh 42 pounds. Having your head posture out of alignment will pull your whole spine and body out of alignment.  

When your head translates forward, it forces muscles in parts of your neck to stretch and get longer, and others to contract and stay shorter.  It forces muscles to work harder to compensate for this imbalance.  These increased forces on your spine can cause can accelerate degenerative spinal disease (arthritis) and it doesn't have to do with your age.  
Your body attempts to compensate for this imbalance by altering its center of gravity and by deepening your curves.  However, these exaggerated spinal curves invariably lead to neuro-musculoskeletal imbalances, which effect your internal organs, and can also cause long term chronic pain.  
The scary part of this, is that you can have all of this happening, you may not have any pain.  
So you can have it and not feel it! 

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