Forward Head Posture (FHP) is the most common and serious postural distortion. This occurs when your spinal curves weaken and distort, causing your head to shift forward resulting in rounding or hunching of your shoulders. This poor posture has many serious and adverse affects on your overall health. Your spinal cord is designed to deliver energy to ALL the vital organs of your body.
Rene Cailliet, Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, USC, reached the following conclusions regarding Forward Head Posture (FHP) in 1987:
FHP is a result of losing the normal curve of the neck. This will cause mechanical blockage of optimal spinal function.
FHP leads to abnormal motion of the first 4 cervical vertebrae. Motion here is necessary to stimulate endorphin production. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the brain and spinal cord to reduce painful stimuli. With inadequate endorphin production, many otherwise non-painful sensations are experienced as pain (i.e. body aches & pains, fibromyalgia, etc.).
FHP depletes lung capacity by as much as 30%. Shortness of breath can lead to heart and blood vascular disease.
FHP pulls the entire spine and body out of alignment making it rigid and reducing all body motions. The body then becomes “hunched.”
FHP causes the entire gastrointestinal track to be affected, particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel function and evacuation are a common consequence associated with this postural weakness which may also lead to toxic effects and disease in the body.
Neurosurgeon Alf Brieg found that Forward Head Posture will cause a lengthening and abnormal stretching of the spinal cord as the normal curve in the neck continues to bend and distort forward. This leads to a “functional stenosis” (narrowing the diameter of cord with neurological compression) as the head progressively shifts forward.
This abnormal elongation of the spinal cord lasts for as long as your posture is locked in this weakened structure. The functional stenosis of the cord results in reduction of energy (nerve signals) to ALL of the vital organs of your body.
Kapandji, in 1974, concluded that FHP will reduce the flow of cerebral spinal fluid that nourishes your brain and spinal cord. This loss of fluid circulation will further compromise the protection of your brain and spinal cord. The result of this mechanically induced stenosis combined with the lack of fluid circulation is loss of physical and mental well being.
The good news is that by combining adjusting and rehabilitation, your spine can be corrected and the muscles taught how to hold the new position.