Get Your Head On Right!

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Proper posture is vital to our health and overall comfort; and it isn’t just about standing up straight! Posture is important while sitting, standing, walking and running. 

Poor posture is typically the result of muscular imbalances throughout the body. One such imbalance in the neck area can cause Forward Head Posture (FHP), where the muscles in the front of the neck (cervical flexors) are short and “tight” while the muscles in the back of the neck (cervical extensors) are over-lengthened and weak. With FHP, you'll notice the ear is positioned in front of the shoulder instead of directly above it.

Studies have shown that for every inch your head moves forward, it gains approximately 10lbs in weight, causing the muscles in the neck, shoulder and back to work overtime! This condition is very common since many of us spend hours sitting improperly at a computer, driving without using the headrest, or carrying heavy bags on one shoulder. Over time, FHP can cause chronic pain, nerve damage, intense headaches and even breathing problems. 

Here are a few ways to improve your Forward Head Posture:
- AWARENESS: Pay closer attention to how you are sitting at your desk at work. Be sure to have your computer monitor or tablet at eye level to avoid looking down for prolonged periods
- MOVEMENT: Set an alarm to remind you to get up and walk around every hour. Sitting for an extended period of time can increase the pressure on your neck, shoulders and back
- STRETCHING: Be sure to extend your chest and shoulder muscles upon waking and several times throughout the day. 
- : Position your car’s headrest an inch or two away from your head to increase neck support while driving
- INVEST: Meet with a reputable fitness professional who can teach you more about alignment and corrective exercises. Pay for prevention now instead of paying for treatment later!

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