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Forward head posture (FHP), also known as “Text Neck”, is recognized as the positioning of the ear forward of the shoulder, rather than sitting directly above it when in a neutral position. Poor neck posture leads to forward head position, which is a common cause of neck pain, headaches, spasm, and tension. Over time, poor posture can lead to pain, muscle aches, tension, and eventually contribute to more long term problems such as degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis).
The human head weighs between 12 and 15 lbs. but in a neutral posture it should feel as if it weighs nothing because the body is perfectly balanced. But for every inch the head moves forward, away from a neutral balanced posture, it feels 10 lbs. heavier. FHP or "text neck" is being seen in epidemic proportions as people, especially the younger generations, are positioning their heads forward as they text and work on computers.
So, what can be done? At Parrish Chiropractic Center in Allentown, we educate our patients on proper spinal positioning, recommend exercises to strengthen postural muscles, and give chiropractic adjustments to the spine to reposition misaligned vertebrae. In addition, we use and recommend Denneroll traction orthotic devices to help stretch muscles and ligaments to improve overall spinal cures and posture. Patients can use this device at our office or in the convenience of their home. They are effective and comfortable, and when used regularly proper spinal positioning and correction can be obtained. We also recommend utilizing a cervical pillow especially designed to support the natural curve of your neck while you sleep.
One of the approaches that sets up apart from other offices is our focus on spinal bio-mechanics and its effects on the spine and nervous system. If treatment is started before spinal degeneration begins, a person’s posture can be corrected and additional stresses on the body eliminated. If you're looking for an Allentown, PA chiropractor to help alleviate your poor posture or text neck, give us a call today.