As everyone globally are spending more time in use of their cell phones, chiropractors are very concerned about the higher incidence of Forward head Posture with our patients. In early years this can alter normal development of the spine subjecting children to kyphosis and/or kyphoscoliosis. Both of these conditions can become debilitative later in life.
The consequences of Forward Head Posture are as followed:
1. Long term Forward head Posture can create disc herniation; early signs of Degenerative disc disease; pinched nerves which could adversely effect motor function of the upper extremities and also effect the sensory function producing pain.
2. In regard to respiratory dysfunction in chronic neck pain, patients suffer decreased respiratory muscle strength in the neck.
3. The loss of the cervical curve stretches the spinal cord 5-7 cm causing disease related to the neck and those nerves inputting tissues in their respective areas.
4. Abnormal pronation of the feet promotes reverse curve of the cervical spine
Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize recipient for brain research says, “90% of the stimulation in nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.” Dr. Sperry demonstrated that 905 of the energy output is used in relating the physical body to gravity. Only 10% has to do with thinking, metabolism, and healing. Forward head posture robs energy from thinking and metabolism as well as immune function to the entire body.
The biggest group at risk today are the children since we see them looking at or playing with a screen as early as 1 year old. They do not even get the chance to grow up first before subjecting their necks to this postural stress. This is a serious matter that is not going to go away.
In conclusion it is a good idea to monitor your children with regards to usage, and consult your chiropractic doctor for a greater understanding on how to minimize the damage in Forward head posture. A spinal check would benefit all people who text often and are in front of computer screens much of the day.