Signs of Forward Head Posture

FHP refers to the condition in which one’s neck chronically and constantly cranes forward without one trying to do so. Normally, the peak of the human spine that forms the neck should form a C-shaped curve when seen in profile. Known as cervical lordosis, this C-shaped curve is essential to diffusing the weight and pressure being exerted onto the cervical vertebrae. FHP undermines this nature of the C-shaped curve by straightening the neck bones. In turn, this increases the pressure being exerted onto the cervical vertebrae and also increases the likelihood of cervical disk herniation (including the tear of the cervical disks).

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FHP has become so common that it has become a mark of living in modern society. Today, people spend countless hours staring at computer screens, smartphones, or TVs throughout their days. Maintaining this posture all day long is the most common and definite cause of FHP.

Self-treatment of FHP

FHP in and of itself is not a complex or major disease. In most cases, patients themselves can manage and mitigate the symptom. The most important thing to remember is to make efforts to maintain proper posture at all times, with the chin down and the chest straightened. It is equally important to stretch one’s body every now and then throughout the day.

If you have experienced some pain due to FHP, remember to stretch your neck at least once every hour. First, start by pulling your chin toward your body. Keep your chin pulled for about 10 seconds and relax. Repeat this at least five times. Regularly perform the exercise this way and it will lead to noticeable improvements.

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If your neck pain is at a level that cannot be so easily managed with simple stretching, you may look into at-home traction devices for neck therapy such as the DDS Cervitrac or DDS Max. Maintaining good postures and a regular traction therapy regimen at home will help even those who have long been suffering from FHP and shoulder pain.

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The key to managing and treating FHP is in maintaining a proper body posture. If you experience pain in your neck and/or shoulders, pull away from your computer screen, smartphone, or TV for a while and remember to stretch your neck at least once every hour.

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