Are you suffering from Posture Head Syndrome?

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MARCH, 2018 |

Poor Posture is “Forward Head Syndrome”

Do you sit at a desk for more than 4 hours in a day? Are you experiencing neck pain, upper back discomfort, or shoulder irritation?

You may be suffering from Forward Head Syndrome. This Syndrome includes shortening of muscles in the back of your neck (levator scapulae, upper trapezius, suboccipital) as well as muscles in front of your chest (pectoralis major/minor). The shortening of these muscles reduces the strength of your shoulder blade stabilizers (middle/lower trapezius, rhomboids) and neck stabilizers (longus capitis, longus colli), which help us maintain proper posture.  In general, the shortening of muscles will weaken others resulting in “poor posture” in the upper body.

Forward Head Syndrome can be characterized by:

  • Rounding of the shoulder complex
  • Shoulder blade misalignment
  • Forward head posture
  • Decreased stability or range of motion
    in the shoulder joint
  • Increased neck or upper back pain

Causes
This occurs over a period of time resulting from inadequate positioning of the upper body. Forward Head Syndrome alters the structural relationships of the neck and shoulder joints. The alteration affects the muscle length-tension relationship, the movement of the neck and shoulder complex. This altered structural relationship may result in nerve root irritation, cervical radiculopathy, headaches, and decreased ranges of motion through the neck or shoulder joint.

Treatment
There are many proven conservative treatments for Forward Head Syndrome to decrease discomfort and increase overall function. Treatments are tailored to each individual’s needs. Patients with Forward Head Syndrome can expect:

  • Chiropractic adjustments aimed to increase ranges of motion for the cervical spine, thoracic spine, scapulothoracic joint, or glenohumeral joint
  • Soft tissue mobilizations aimed to decrease muscular restrictions
  • Stretches and exercises targeting optimal positioning of the upper body
  • Ergonomic Assessment

This month, The Wellness Center of NY is focusing on posture. Follow us on our social media (InstagramFacebookYouTube) for tips throughout March on how to improve your posture and be sure to enter our Instagram contest for a chance to win a memory foam lumbar support cushion!

For a complimentary posture analysis, call our office (212-980-5444) or schedule online via the appointments section of our website (new patients only).

PS: We’re not the only ones talking about this. Check out this interesting article from the NY Post: Tech is turning millennials into hunchbacks

The nervous system controls and coordinates all organs and structures of the human body1 and this system is protected by the spinal column. Misalignment or subluxations to the vertebrae in our spines can irritate particular nerves and thereby affecting their function and that of the structure and organs they control.
When subluxations occur to any of the top three vertebrae of the cervical spine, the possible effects or conditions range anywhere from nervousness and insomnia to migraine headaches and anxiety, among many others. Additionally, the production of serotonin and dopamine (our “happy chemicals”) is jeopardized.

The nervous system controls and coordinates all organs and structures of the human body.

The nervous system controls and coordinates all organs and structures of the human body1 and this system is protected by the spinal column. Misalignment or subluxations to the vertebrae in our spines can irritate particular nerves and thereby affecting their function and that of the structure and organs they control.
When subluxations occur to any of the top three vertebrae of the cervical spine, the possible effects or conditions range anywhere from nervousness and insomnia to migraine headaches and anxiety, among many others. Additionally, the production of serotonin and dopamine (our “happy chemicals”) is jeopardized.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety is the most common mental health illness. It affects more than 19 million Americans ages 18-54. Patients suffering from General Anxiety Disorder make three to five times more visits to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms.
Energy flows over your brain and spinal cord through your nerves (and other tissues) and back to the brain and spinal cord. A healthy spine and nervous system keep your flow of energy balanced, your immune system strong and your resistance to disease high. An unhealthy, unbalanced spine can interfere with the natural flow of energy through your body, creating blockages and imbalances that may cause physical and emotional fatigue.
Chiropractic care removes the interference to the nervous system by correcting the misalignment and allowing the body to heal itself.
“I fully believe we are making major [positive] changes in people. At the Wellness Center of NY, we have patients who have reduced and eventually eliminated their anti-anxiety and depression medication after receiving regular chiropractic care.” – Dr. Craig Fishel

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“I fully believe we are making major [positive] changes in people” Dr. Craig Fishel

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My biggest inspiration and the reason I believe in Chiropractic and the philosophy of helping the body to heal itself continues to be my late mother, Lila Fishel. She passed away from breast cancer in October of 2002. I watched the greatest medical minds in the world be defeated by cancer; it changed my world. Since then I have made a commitment to educate the world about the holistic approach to health and well-being – Chiropractic Medicine.

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