Back in the everyday routine and notice you’re moving less? Feel like you’re constantly hunched over a screen?
Often in day to day life we sit and stress more, impacting our spine and posture every day. One easier place to see the impact of this stress is in our posture- particularly in our neck.
A fun experiment to try: If you look at a friend of family member side on, does their ear line up with the point of their shoulder? If not, they may need to be checked for forward head posture (or FHP). This isn’t just for looks- FHP can have a big impact on the body!
One study measured the weight of the head as it moves forward beyond the lateral posture line (or what we often call forward head posture). It was found that, in a neutral position, the average human head weighs 10-12 pounds (4.5-5.5 kg).
However, as the head moves forward, this weight increases drastically.
- At 15 degrees, the head weighs 27 pounds (12.3 kilograms)!
- At 30 degrees, it increases to 40 pounds (18.2 kilograms)!!
- At 45 degrees, it weighs 49 pounds (22.3 kilograms)!!!
- At 60 degrees, it exerts a force of 60 pounds on the cervical spine. (27.3 kilograms)!!!!
Forward Head Posture (FHP) is something we check and track with clients on a regular basis. If you want to take a look at your head posture or feel like you’re carrying some extra weight with your everyday sitting and technology use, get it touch with us!
#Reposting this photo from our friends at @vitalhealthchiro