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Forward Head Posture

bd38bbd38 Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:43 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, I chronic neck pain and inflammation. I've been told that I have forward head posture. I have also heard the term military neck as far as my situation. Nothing of significance has shown up on any CT scans or MRI's.

Does anyone else on this forum have FHP? If so, what kind of symptoms do you have? Treatment?



  • There are some interesting facts concerning how the head affects posture. If the head is carried forward, it can be responsible for a whole variety of physical problems. The neck muscles must already support the weight of the head. If it is carried just one inch farther forward, it adds 10 pounds to that weight. If it thrusts forward two inches, it is the same as carrying around a 20-pound weight strapped to your neck!!

    You can see how this can result in problems over the years. These are not necessarily the type of problems that will show up as mechanical problems in the spine, or on MRI or a CT scan.

    Forward head posture results in the neck muscles shortening and the muscles in the upper back stretch tight or "shorten." If this imbalance is allowed to continue, it can start to pull on the bones of the spine. This puts additional stress on the discs and joints of the neck and upper back. It can result in herniated discs and "pinched" nerves...issues like this.

    This condition is becoming increasingly common with younger people...probably stemming from use of the computer, video games, etc.

    The good news is that it can be corrected by posture awareness and through exercises, etc. I'm enclosing a PM with some articles about FHP.

    Hope they help!
  • Thanks for the info Gwennie. I will definately check out the links. I know in my case, I can always feel it, often like pressure building up in my neck. Which in turns makes me want to crack it to relieve this pressure. This is something I'm trying to get away from. Kevin
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  • Gwennie, would you please send me that link for posture awareness - I could really benefit from it having "loss of lordisis" post surgery....
    I appreciate you Gwennie, so much!
  • Thanks for bringing this term up. I've never heard of it so I looked around on the internet. I've been aware that I always have my head down with chin tucked in - but when I hold my chin up, my neck goes numb. I never knew this before. Thanks for bringing it up.

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