Text Neck! It’s a new “dis-ease” that began in this century. It occurs when we spend too much time with our heads in a bent position. Such as when we text, use our laptops, search on our phones, play video games, etc.
Here is what physiologically happens to our spine. “For every inch of Forward Head Posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” – Kapandji, in Physiology of Joints Vol 3
What does this mean in our everyday life? It means poor posture in the simplest state, which can lead to back pain (cervical, thoracic and lumbar), headaches, shoulder pain and even chest pain. (not like heart attack pain, but pain thru the rib cage mostly.) Deeper than that, it can cause degenerative changes in our spine, breathing problems from our chest not being able to expand all the way and digestive problems. Outwardly, it causes the big hump at the back of the neck/shoulder junction and turned in shoulders causing a concave chest appearance.
But this can all be prevented and possibly reversed with chiropractic adjustments, massage and exercises. At the very least, we all should be doing this simple exercise to help stretch our neck muscles.
Take a deep breath in expanding your chest; hold your posture here and breath normally. Now push your chin back like you are making a double chin and hold for about 10 seconds. Be sure your chin is parallel to the ground and you have not lifted it UP. Next push your chin forward out as far as you can slowly and then pull back in and hold again. Repeat this 5-10 times. (I tell my patients that this is the "chicken move".)
This is the one time that having a double chin is a good thing. Focusing on keeping our ears over our shoulders will be beneficial both physically and physiologically.
If you feel like you carry your head forward and would like to correct this, don’t hesitate to contact me at the office. 816-453-3331