Forward Head Posture is a common issue caused by modern technology and is also referred to as “texting neck” which will give you some indication as to one of the biggest causes, especially in young adults.
Every day we are on our phones texting, playing games, using social media etc.
We then swap our phones for laptops and tablets and continue with the bad posture.
In the evenings we sit and watch another screen, the television while on our phones!
Modern day devices cause poor posture
Other causes are bad posture at work, poor sleeping positions, driving and even seating on the sofa can add to the problem.
For every inch that our neck extends forward, our neck has to support an additional 10lbs.Bearing in mind that our head is the heaviest part of our bodies and is already supporting 10/12lbs, we then put it under further pressure.
Bearing in mind that our head is the heaviest part of our bodies and is already supporting 10/12lbs, we then put it under further pressure.
- General aches and pains in the upper back and neck
- Possible disc compression which can result in herniated discs
- Vision problems
- Pinched nerves
- Headaches, migraines
- Blood flow through neck affected leading to a variety of long term issues
- Increased pressure on upper back and neck can contribute to early arthritis
- Permanent damage to joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves
Have a look at the link below for some helpful tips on how to recognise if you have forward head posture issues and some simple ways to help. When it comes to Method 4 – your computer screen, we recommend that you raise the height of your screen by using books, increasing the height by small amounts and trying each height for about 20 minutes until you go passed your comfort height. Don’t forget that your eyes tire through the day and you may need to bring your screen towards you.
We can only assume that practitioners are treating an increasing number of people with forward head posture issues and this problem will increase. What we do need to keep an eye on is the increase of children and young adults suffering from FHP.
We at Healthy Home and Office can’t promote laptop stands and monitor arms enough in order to help aid this growing problem and not just for adults, but for young adults doing their homework.