Check Your Forward Head Posture to Prevent Premature Cervical Joint Degeneration
The next time you’re staring at a computer screen or watching TV, take a moment to consciously recognize the position of your head. Is it raised up straight, with your chin slightly tucked and your ears aligned with your shoulders? Or, is it craned forward, with your jaw jutting out? If you’re like most people, you’re guilty of the second posture: Forward head position.
Our everyday focus on screens is partially to blame for forward head posture. In fact, it’s the underlying problem for chronic neck pain, by way of cervical joint degeneration. While this condition occurs naturally over time with wear and tear, forward head position is speeding it up at an unprecedented rate among youths and middle-aged individuals.
The chiropractors at Strong Life Chiropractic have seen the devastating effects of forward head posture and cervical joint degeneration. When patients in Lithia and Tampa, FL come to us with chronic neck pain, it’s one of the first things we look for.
Be mindful of your head’s position
Forward head position and the cervical joint degeneration it causes are avoidable. The condition requires behavioral and postural modifications to correct, but these corrections could shave literal years of premature wear off of your cervical spine. It all starts with being mindful of your head’s position while sitting and standing.
Try to always sit on surfaces that offer some form of back support or lumbar stabilization. This will provide much-needed base support, which allows you to focus on controlling your neck posture. Sit in the direction of whatever you’re looking at to avoid tiling or angling your head for long periods of time. Make sure you’re focusing on something at eye level and not tilting your head up or down to focus.
To adjust your posture, push your chest and shoulders out and bring your neck straight to align with your shoulders.
Stand up straight and keep your ears aligned with your shoulders. Don’t look at the ground; instead, focus on a point in front of you and walk towards in. Try not to swing your arms in front of your body. Gently push your head back to a natural cervical curvature.
To test your standing posture, stand with your back against a wall. Your heels, buttocks, shoulders, and back of your head should all touch the wall, and you should be able to press your palms flat to the wall.
Correcting forward head posture
Mitigating cervical joint degeneration means actively addressing forward head position through both postural adjustments and stretching, as well as chiropractic adjustment.
- Posture: Paying attention to head position while sitting and standing will evoke better posture, reducing the stress on the cervical spine (as outlined above).
- Stretching: Stretching will improve range of motion and restore elasticity to soft tissue in the cervical spine, reducing the strain caused by forward head position.
- Chiropractic: Regular adjustments can help alleviate subluxations and strains caused by forward head position.
At Strong Life Chiropractic, we roll a combination of all three into our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. We encourage our Lithia and Tampa, FL patients to be aware of their head posture and take steps to correct it. The long-term health of your cervical spine depends on it!
For more information about cervical joint degeneration, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.