Why Fatigue and Forward Head Posture Affect Your Health
In our fast-paced lives, the demands on our bodies are constantly increasing. The prevalence of sedentary jobs and the rise of technology have led to a significant health concern – the combination of fatigue and forward head posture. This article explores the intricate link between these two factors and sheds light on how they can adversely affect your health.
The Link Between Fatigue and Forward Head Posture
Understanding Forward Head Posture
Forward head posture, also known as “text neck,” is a common issue resulting from the prolonged use of electronic devices and poor ergonomic practices. This posture, where the head juts forward from the natural alignment with the spine, can lead to a myriad of health problems.
Maintaining good posture is crucial for overall health and well-being. Poor posture can lead to musculoskeletal issues, affecting the neck, shoulders, and spine. It’s essential to understand the causes, symptoms, and signs of forward head posture to address and prevent its negative consequences.
Importance of Head Posture
Breakthrough research reveals the importance of your head position about your health. The position of your neck must allow your head to sit directly above your shoulders. Unfortunately, the effects of gravity, poor posture, the weight of the head, or past trauma can cause neck and skull misplacement, leading to a condition called “Forward Head Syndrome.” This syndrome, which is often accompanied by the loss of the normal neck curve, is when the chin juts out in front of the shoulders and chest and causes pathology.
In his prize-winning book, “Rejuvenation Strategy,” Dr. Rene Cailliet, director of Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California, wrote this description of the deadly forward head syndrome, as well as the humpback syndrome:
- Incorrect head position leads to improper spinal function. (It is a major and complex form of vertebral subluxation).
- Forward Head Posture can add up to 30 pounds of abnormal load on the cervical spine.
- Forward Head Syndrome results in loss of vital capacity. Lung capacity is depleted by as much as 30 percent. Loss of lung capacity leads to heart and blood vascular problems. (Try it yourself – Stick your chin out and then tuck it into your chest; now, try to take a big breath in through your nose. You can barely do it!
- The entire gastrointestinal system is affected particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel peristaltic function (regular bowel movement) and evacuation is common to people who suffer from Forward Head Syndrome and loss of neck curve.
- Forward Head Syndrome causes an increase in discomfort and pain. Freedom of motion in the first four cervical vertebrae is a major source of stimuli that causes the production of endorphins. As a result of this loss of endorphins (hormones that reduce pain and affect emotions), many otherwise non-painful sensations are experienced as discomfort.
- Forward Head Syndrome causes loss of healthy spine-body motion. The entire body becomes rigid as the range of motion becomes diminished, and the person’s body becomes hunched.
- In an October 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, forward head syndrome was found to significantly increase the likelihood of death. Further studies found humpback syndrome to both increase Uterine Prolapse and decrease physical function and mobility, respectively.
Nutrients essential to the brain for survival – such as oxygen, glucose, and others – are transported from the body to the brain through the fluid that flows inside your spinal canal. This fluid is called the Cerebrospinal Fluid (brain-spine) fluid, or CSF. Forward Head Posture and other subluxations will lead to abnormal and reduced flow of oxygen, glucose, and other important nutrients to the brain.
The Role of Ergonomics
Effects on the Musculoskeletal System
The musculoskeletal system bears the brunt of poor posture. Neck pain, headaches, and even changes in spinal curvature are common repercussions. Ergonomics play a pivotal role in preventing forward head posture. Simple adjustments in the workplace and at home, such as proper desk and chair height, can make a significant difference.
Fatigue’s Influence on Posture
Workplace Habits and Posture
Fatigue, often a result of inadequate sleep or excessive stress, can exacerbate poor posture. Sedentary jobs that require long hours in front of a computer contribute to both fatigue and forward head posture. Recognizing and rectifying harmful workplace habits is crucial for maintaining good posture and preventing health issues.
Exercises and Stretches
Technology and Posture
Combatting the negative effects of technology on posture involves incorporating targeted exercises and stretches into daily routines. These exercises strengthen the muscles that support proper posture and alleviate strain caused by extended periods of screen time.
Postural Correction Techniques
Stress is a significant contributor to fatigue and poor posture. Managing stress through relaxation techniques and mindfulness can positively impact both physical and mental well-being. Postural correction techniques, coupled with stress management, can lead to sustainable improvements.
Importance of Professional Help
Seeking professional help is essential for those struggling with chronic fatigue and persistent forward head posture. Chiropractors, physical therapists, and ergonomic specialists can provide personalized guidance and interventions. Additionally, paying attention to dietary choices can contribute to increased energy levels, supporting efforts to combat fatigue.
That is why the spine-brain connection is so important for the entirety of your life.
A bad back or a bad neck will give you a bad brain!!! Correcting and maintaining your spine not only gets you functioning better, but it also gets you thinking better!
Dr. Roger Sperry, the 1980 Nobel Prize recipient for brain research, has demonstrated that ninety percent (90%) of ALL the energy output from the brain is used for posture alone – keeping the body upright under gravity. Only ten percent (10%) has to do with thinking, metabolism, and healing.
Sleep Hygiene and Its Impact
In conclusion, addressing fatigue and forward head posture is paramount for maintaining optimal health. Incorporating ergonomic practices, regular exercises, and stress management techniques can make a substantial difference. By understanding the link between fatigue and poor posture and taking proactive steps, individuals can pave the way for a healthier and more energetic lifestyle.
The poorer your posture, the harder your brain has to work to keep you upright, leading to a lifetime of chronic fatigue, impaired concentration, and a virtual ‘trance-like’ state.
The better your posture, the more usable energy your brain has for other things, such as thinking, metabolizing, healing, digestion, reproducing ……OH, AND LIVING!!!
This is yet another great reason to be 100% committed to reducing your Forward Head Posture by maintaining your originally scheduled adjustment (OSA) and doing your traction as per your doctor’s recommendations.
Forward Head Posture robs your brain and body of life…the more Forward Head Posture you have, the less energy your brain and body have for living. Reduce it, correct it, maintain it for life! Contact us today at (214) 972-0302.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does technology contribute to forward head posture?
Excessive use of electronic devices and prolonged screen time can lead to poor posture and strain on the neck and spine.
Are there specific exercises to correct forward head posture?
Yes, targeted exercises and stretches can help strengthen muscles and improve posture.
What role does sleep play in preventing fatigue?
Quality sleep is crucial for preventing fatigue and supporting overall health.
When should I seek professional help for forward head posture?
If forward head posture persists despite lifestyle changes, consulting healthcare professionals such as chiropractors or physical therapists is advisable.
Can stress affect posture?
Yes, stress contributes to fatigue and can influence posture negatively. Managing stress is vital for maintaining good posture and overall health.