Forward Head Posture: New Horizons Require Attention | 104937
Journal of Novel Physiotherapies
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Happiness is the virtue of health and for a healthy living, age is not a parameter that matters. Translation of head forward
on a stationary neck leads to a very common lifestyle disorder that is forward head posture. As we are flourishing into a
technologically sound era we have burdened ourselves with a lot of lifestyle based health hazards. Due to the increasing speed of
development, physical activity has reduced to a greater extent thus making our lives sedentary even at our workplace. Forward
head position is characterized by an extension of the head together with the upper cervical spine (C1 to C2) accompanied by
a flexion of the lower cervical spine (C4 to C7). This posture is associated with weakness in deep cervical short flexor muscles
(capital flexors) and mid thoracic scapular retractor (i.e., rhomboids, middle and lower fibers of trapezius) and shortening
of the opposing cervical extensor and pectoralis muscles. When the head is positioned forward the upper trapezius muscles
activity is significantly higher than it is when in the normal alignment, the more the patient is to have pain from overusing
the muscles. Forward head posture mostly occurs by the weakness of the anterior cervical neck flexor muscles which result
in tightness of the sternocleidomastoid. Eventually these muscle imbalances have further disastrous repercussions on various
functions. And this lecture is an initiative to drag everybody???s attention towards sparsely addressed yet hazardous repercussions
of forward head posture.
Himanshu Mathur has completed his Masters in Physiotherapy with specialization in Musculoskeletal branch from Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi. He is working as an Assistant Professor in College of Physiotherapy, Jaipur National University, India. He has about 10 publications (including scientific and informative) in total. He has undertaken 3 comprehensive hand-on workshops, about 6 conference lectures and 5 scientific paper presentations at national and international level.