|Forward Head Posture (FHP)
Think of someone standing tall with perfect posture, and you probably imagine a spine appearing “straight as an arrow.” However, a normal, healthy spine has three unique curves, which are essential for balance and posture.
While side-to-side spinal curves, such as scoliosis, are abnormal, front-to back curves are not. These curves help the body carry its weight and distribute it down through the pelvis. When one of the three curvatures decreases, the body’s alignment is thrown off balance. For example, if the cervical (neck) spine’s curve is lost, the neck will begin to straighten, causing a condition called “cervical kyphosis.”
Cervical kyphosis, often termed “military neck,” can progress to the point where the curve in the neck actually reverses, going in the opposite direction from its normal, healthy state. This reversal is also known as forward head posture (FHP).
FHP can cause vast degenerative effects in the spine of the neck, such as speeding arthritis, chronic pain, limited range of motion and increasing risk of strain. The good news is that FHP may be reduced, or even corrected in many cases.
Schedule an appointment today for a complete postural assessment. We’re your partners in spinal health and overall wellness.
Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Education
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