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The increasing time we are spending glued to our phones or in front of a laptop with poor posture is manifesting itself with a large increase in the incidence of neck and shoulder pain presenting at clinic. Even kids are suffering from it. Good posture, as it relates to the neck, and outlined by a physiotherapist is commonly considered to be when the ears are positioned directly above the shoulders with the chest open and shoulders back. This neutral position minimizes the stress on the neck(cervical spine). Also it is important that the head is turned to full rotation left and right regularly in order to keep joints and muscles mobile and supple.
Forward head posture occurs when the neck slants forward, placing the head further in front of the shoulders rather than directly above. This can lead to problems such as
The above can lead to more severe manifestations if the forward head posture is maintained long term. These include
Physiotherapist treatment of the above may consist of deep tissue massage, mobilizations and posture correction exercises. Severe cases of disc degeneration and/or nerve compression may require surgery. Mostly people suffer from the effects of poor posture later in life. The effects take time to manifest. Often people will only get the message of how detrimental poor posture can be when they start suffering from neuropraxia (nerve compression/ pain,tingling, numbness running down yours arms, worse at night). This condition can be quiet challenging for a physiotherapist treat. Physiotherapy treatment can still be very successful if it is caught in the early stages.
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