Poor Posture and Forward Head Syndrome

What is Forward Head Syndrome?

Forward head syndrome is extremely common in today’s society and describes a condition where, due to changes in posture, the head is positioned forward rather than over the shoulders. This can be mild or severe and is affected by different factors such as type of work, age, arthritis, and genetic factors.

Due to prolonged sitting, increased time driving, looking at a computer or phone, along with a number of other common poor postures, changes in your spine can occur over time. Think about how much time you spend looking at a screen and hunched over a desk and the stress your head, weighing 10 to 12 pounds, is causing on your spine.

Over time, the normal curve in your neck reduces, the length of the spine decreases, and muscles in the neck become weaker. This can lead to a variety of symptoms from neck pain to headaches.

How physical therapy helps:

Physical therapy works in a variety of ways to improve your posture and change your neck alignment over time. With hands-on therapy, stretching, individualized exercises and postural retraining, our physical therapists work with you to normalize your posture. In addition, we train you on techniques to adapt your work and home environments to reduce the strain on your neck. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to discover how we can help reduce your neck pain and improve your posture!