Forward Head Posture Correction
Forward head posture correction is a specialty of our Sydney Chiropractor at Advanced Sports Chiropractic. Poor posture can either indicate a particular problem, or can cause issues with your spine and nervous system.
Our Sydney Chiropractor has a keen interest in assessing your posture. This includes identifying the specific contributing lifestyle factors in order to begin the process of forward head poor posture correction.
Treatment may involve:
- identifying and then educating on contributing lifestyle factors
- advice on correct posture when sitting, standing, sleeping, lifting, etc
- massage of tightened muscles affected by poor posture
- strengthening or stretching of muscles affected by poor posture
- mobilization of the spine to restore normal movement of your joints
Effects of Poor Posture Treatment
We all notice poor posture when we see someone slouching with their head forward, particularly when sitting at a desk, driving a car for long periods, reading a book, or playing on an ipad. This slouching can cause a strain on neck muscles and joints, and a condition that Chiropractors call a ‘subluxation’, i.e. a misaligned or fixated spine. These misalignment affect the function of the nerve and any part of the body supplied by that nerve.
Another common posture problem is a forward tilt of the pelvis which can cause chronic lower back pain, muscle pain, sciatica, leg weakness, lower leg circulation problems and much more. Once chronic, this may lead to joint wear and tear such as arthritis and disc degeneration.
So not only does poor posture look bad, but it can have serious affects on your health long term.
Summary of the potential effects of poor posture.
A sore neck or sore back
Poor posture puts strain on the muscles of your neck, shoulder, and back. This may result in pain or stiffness.
Prolonged sitting, or the way you sit may be to blame if you are feeling stiff and inflexible. Maintaining a poor posture changes the function of your muscles, and may cause misalignments in the spine, creating stiffness and poor mobility.
Your back contains many joints and discs. Sitting or standing incorrectly, or for long periods of time can place undue stress on a particular disc or joint, causing excessive wear and tear. Over time, these structures can fatigue, resulting in significant pain.
The pressure placed on your back and neck by the way you sit, stand or sleep may result in fatigue. This is because your muscles and ligaments are working harder than they should and this may result in muscle fatigue and strain.
Headaches may be the result of having bad posture. These headaches are caused by slouching, sitting long periods, clenching your jaw, or sleeping on your stomach. These habits cause unnecessary strain on your neck and surrounding tissues.
Slouching, poor posture, or lifting incorrectly, can put you at risk of a lower back injury, as your muscles may become weak and inflexible, and more susceptible to injury.
These are just some of the problems that may be caused due to poor posture.
Luckily, changing types of shoes, pillows, mattresses or chairs that you use, along with improving your postural habits, can help fix this before it impacts your health.