For every inch of Forward Head Posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds!
When people are hunched over walking, driving their car, watching TV or sitting improperly at their computers, for hours at a time, it really puts an extreme load on the spine.
A study published in the journal ‘Surgical Technology International’ shows that when you are standing or sitting straight your head weighs, 10 to 12 lbs. on average.
But if you lean 15 degrees forward, the head weight is more like 27 lbs. With a 30-degree tilt, 40 lbs.
And when you are hunched over at a 60-degree angle looking at a mobile device your head puts a 60 lb. strain on your spine! The result is:
- Chronic neck and shoulder pain
- Low back ache
- Kyphosis (Hunch Back)
Three simple steps (posture corrections) for managing this.
- Check to make sure your EARS are over your SHOULDERS
- Check the shoulders are AWAY from your ears (release down)
- Pinch the SHOULDER BLADES together