Our pumpkin’s weight is similar to the weight of your head! Typically this is between 10 – 12 pounds which is 4.5 – 5 kg.
Every inch of forward head posture increases the weight of your head by an additional 10lbs.
The head is balanced on the neck vertebrae with the muscles moving the head around. They are very strong but if you hold your head off centre, these muscles become chronically tight. This can happen if you tilt your head to one side or look forwards all the time (such as looking at smartphone or tablets). You may not notice the tensions, because you are accustomed to it, but your muscles are having to work all the time.
When neck muscles are free, your head can tilt and turn while remaining balanced. Tense neck muscles generate tension elsewhere within your body.
Some neck muscles attach to parts of the shoulder, which can affect the use of your arms. Nerves that supply the hand and arm branch off from the spinal column in the neck. Tense muscles can put pressure on those nerves impairing the nerve supply to our hands. This can cause an ache in your arm and pins and needles in your hands and fingers. You may also experience headaches, as well as aches, pain and stiffness in the neck muscles themselves.
If you hold your head forward you start to engage and use muscles which should not be used. This leads to over-activity or tightness in the upper trapezius, levator, suboccipitals. sternocleidomastoids and pectoralis major. You also create reciprocal weakness of the deep neck flexors and lower scapular stabilizers.
You may experience:
- Suboccipital pain syndromes
- Mouth breathing (sleep apnea)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Teeth clenching
- Face & neck pain
- Migraine headaches
- Uncoordinated gait and loss of body balance
Do you know anyone who is complaining about their neck or upper back?
Do you know anyone who holds their head as shown in the image above?
Please share and let them know that we can help them. At Shefford Osteopathic Clinic we see people quickly – usually within 48 hours – and can alleviate pain fast.
What To Do Now…
If you’ve come to this website looking for help, then don’t suffer in silence any longer.
Contact us immediately on 01462 811006 for a consultation and let’s assess your condition.
At the assessment, we’ll take some details from you and build your case history. We’ll discuss why you’ve come to see us and where you have any aches and pains. Then we’ll examine you with the aim of giving you the appropriate treatment.
This will take a little while to complete, but it’s a necessary part of the ethical guidelines we work to. The guidelines are there to make sure everything is done professionally and to a high standard of patient care. I’m sure you agree that’s a good thing!
If you have any questions about what we do and how we do it, call us and we’ll be happy to help.