09 Aug FORWARD HEAD SYNDROME
Forward Head Syndrome is the most common and dangerous postural distortion. This condition occurs when your spinal curves weaken and distort causing your head to shift forward on your shoulders. It is a common postural distortion which has many serious and adverse effects on your overall health.
Again, the effects of Forward Head Syndrome on the health of the body have been studied extensively. Here are the conclusions from medical researchers and other doctors studying physical medicine:
Rene Cailliet, Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation @University of Southern California, reached the following conclusions regarding Forward Head Syndrome in 1987:
⦁ Forward Head Syndrome is a result of losing the normal curve of the neck. This distorted posture will cause a mechanical block of optimal spinal function.
⦁ Forward Head Syndrome from resultant loss of the normal neck curve will lead to abnormal motion of the first 4 cervical vertebrae, which is necessary to produce stimulus for 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)
⦁ Forward Head Syndrome can deplete lung capacity by as much as 30%. Shortness of breath can lead to heart and blood vascular disease.
⦁ Forward Head Syndrome can cause the entire gastrointestinal tract to be affected, particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel function and evacuation are a common sequel associated with this postural weakness and may lead to toxic effects and disease in the body.
⦁ Forward Head Syndrome can pull the entire spine and body out of alignment making it rigid and reduce all body motions. The body then becomes “HUNCHED.”
Forward Head Syndrome will cause a lengthening and axial traction (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 of the diameter of the cord with neurological compressions) as the head progressively shifts forward and is left uncorrected. When your posture is locked in this weakened structure there is a permanent elongation of the spinal cord. The diameter of the cord continues to decrease resulting in a permanent and functional reduction of nerve transmission at ALL of the vital organs of your body.
Kapandji, in 1974, concluded that Forward Head Syndrome will reduce the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (the 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 mental activity and loss of physical and mental well being.
PROGRESSIVE DEGENERATION FROM FORWARD HEAD SYNDROME
This is what can happen to your spine if Forward Head Syndrome is left uncorrected and is allowed to progressively break down your posture.
At Sunset Chiropractic & Wellness forward head posture and other postural distortions are selected and designed from a compressive consultation, health history, physical examination (orthopedic/neurological testing), digital posture analysis, weight bearing sitting x-rays using 41 measurements and 23 angles analyzing and comparing the spine to a mathematical model. In specific cases additional diagnostics could be ordered (Digital Motion X-rays/CTs/MRIs) to obtain or confirm a diagnosis.
Sunset Chiropractic and Wellness’s Structural Correction Chiropractic Care rehabilitate the damaged spine and its damaged structures (muscles, ligaments, fascia, discs, bone, and nerves) improving the structure and functions, reducing and removing the pain, and improving overall quality of life.
For more information on our unique structural correction chiropractic treatment for forward head posture and other postural distortions please visit our treatment page on our website.
Dr. Rodolfo Alfonso, D.C.
Dr. Mark N. Berry, D.C.
Sunset Chiropractic and Wellness
8585 Sunset Dr.
Miami, Florida 33143