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Poise and Posture: Defining the Secrets of Good Head Alignment!

Feb 12, 2024 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

Many individuals exhibit poor posture, with "forward head carriage" or "anterior based occiput" being a prevalent issue. Other descriptions include "hump back" or slouching. This postural defect arises for several reasons, including the head's weight, which averages between 10-13 pounds. When the head leans too far forward, the upper back and neck muscles are overly strained, leading to fatigue and discomfort. Additionally, the muscles connecting to the skull vary in strength and pull at different angles, which can exacerbate forward head posture. The chest muscles, being stronger than those in the mid and upper back, often pull the shoulders forward, contributing to this problem.

side view of woman with guide for proper posture

The accompanying images clearly demonstrate both poor and correct posture. In the "Good Head Posture" image, you'll notice the head's weight is aligned above the shoulders, with the shoulders positioned correctly backward.

Correcting forward head posture is a gradual process, requiring at least three months to become a new, automatic habit. Success in this adjustment depends heavily on consistent self-reminders to maintain the posture illustrated in the "Good Head Posture" image. An effective exercise for aiding this correction involves retracting the chin/head as far back as possible and holding this position for 5-10 seconds, to be repeated several times daily alongside maintaining a partial chin tuck as shown for "Good Head Posture." This exercise is key to reinforcing the desired posture adjustments.

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