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  • Writer's pictureGary Jones Chiropractor

Low energy, grogginess, shortage of breath and neck and back pain?

It could be caused by forward head posture

You’ve probably seen it yourself, people walking around the street with their head pushed forward, rounded shoulders and rounded backs.

Your neck is designed to remain vertical, supporting the weight of your skull in a perfect line from the top of your head straight down through your body to your feet.

When you look at yourself in the mirror from the side, your ear, your shoulder and your hips should all be in a straight line down to the floor. If it is unaligned and your ear is in front of your shoulders, it's a sure sign of forward head posture. The causes There are a number of reasons that can cause your head to go forward and rounded shoulders, bad posture, looking down to use your mobile phone, not sitting correctly while using a laptop, reading and many more.

This was my posture earlier in the year. When asked to breathe out, my body would slump forward and believe me I certainly could feel the strain on my neck and was suffering from tension headaches and tightness in the upper back.

The average head weighs 10-12lbs. When your head sits naturally upon your neck and shoulders, the body can support this weight without any painful symptoms.

But if your head is constantly going forward, the weight of your head pulls on your neck and puts pressure on your spine. This can cause damage to the tissues. Every inch your head is thrust forward from its natural position adds another 10lbs of stress on the neck, shoulders, back and spine.

The Shelf or hump Over a period of time you may develop a hump or what we call a shelf, the body has built up bone and fat tissue to compensate and protect the spine at the C7 vertebrae.

If you look at the picture of me above, on the right, you can see that the shelf has gone, this took a series of treatments. The technique used was Advanced Biostructural correction or ABC for short. I have trained in this technique and can offer help to restore people's posture which then may alleviate pain symptoms.

What is Advance Biostructural Correction Advanced BioStructural Correction™, known as ABC™ for short, is a revolutionary technique that corrects spinal structure and function, as well as removes tension on the nervous system, through the use of specific spinal, pelvic and extremity manipulations, in combination with specialized soft tissue stretches known as meningeal releases. Please contact me for more information, I can offer advice on how to avoid developing the forward head posture and the rounded shoulders.

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