What is forward head carriage? As the name implies, due to dysfunction in the neck region, the head moves from its proper position further forward. The more the head moves forward, the greater gravity produces weight bearing stress on the neck.
So why is this significant? Because it is a prominent cause of neck pain. This is due in part to abnormal stress/strain on muscles, bones, ligaments, and nerves. Prolonged forward head carriage (or posture) can result in degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and disc herniation.
Causes of Forward Head Carriage
The most common causes are: Trauma (especially motor vehicle accidents) and poor posture. In our society today, poor posture is common, especially due to prolonged computer use, prolonged mobile phone use, and desk work.
Treatment for Forward Head Carriage
An integrated approach of conservative care, including Osteopathic and massage therapy, and appropriate adjunctive rehabilitation exercises, is the best treatment. This type of treatment will strengthen weakened muscles, and stretch contracted/tightened muscles and ligaments, restoring structure and function. At SSG, we will work to get you a plan of care to help regain your strength in your neck and back in order to get your posture to where it is supposed to be. Try the below exercises as a starting point