I know there’s no way you’re ditching your devices. The good news is that it’s pretty simple to correct your poor posture. It doesn’t matter what your age, gender or health condition may be, your forward head posture can be fixed so read on. In the video below there is a simple exercise you can do to start correcting your head posture.
The Ugly Forward Head Posture is sometimes called, Text Neck, Tech Neck, Giraffe Neck, Chicken Head and even Turtle Neck.
Do you have a neck like one of these celebrities in the picture above from texting too much? If you do, you’re not alone. Close to 90% of the population has this condition.
I’m no different, my cell phone goes everywhere with me and I drive several kilometers per day in my car. So why is technology quickly destroying our posture, namely our head posture?
The answer is that a majority of us use poor body position while engaging in cell phone or computer activities and while driving. Click here to watch a short video on this.
Our head is typically in a forward leaning position or on many occasions looking downward. This position all by itself isn’t necessarily bad since our body is designed to move in many different positions but we begin to cause some serious trouble when this is repeated and sustained for hours per day. With repetition, this head movement is rapidly hurting our neck muscles and cervical spines. Without getting too technical, we have created a huge imbalance in the muscles that support the head. The muscles on the anterior or front of the neck called the sternocleidomastoid and scalene muscles have become over used. Because of this dominance, they have tightened up. In contrast, the posterior muscles of the neck (like the upper trapezius) have weakened from inactivity. Since everything is connected in the body, you can imagine the kind of domino effect this has on other things like the shoulders, pectorals and mid-back.
Now, this type of posture can significantly hinder the functionality of any person so imagine what happens when you are an athlete and need to be doing things at peek performance. Check out the video to your left. There is a quick exercise for you to do a get max results now. Look, If you act and think strong, you will most likely ‘feel’ strong. A study by graduate students at Harvard and Columbia University concluded that displaying a ‘power-pose’ absolutely had effects on how the body functions. Basically Form = Function. It was found that High-powerposers experienced elevations in their testosterone levels with decreases in cortisol levels. This also increased their feelings of power and tolerance for risk while low-power posers exhibited the opposite pattern.
Holding a power-pose will boost muscle building testosterone levels, lower your stress causing and fat storing cortisol levels and increase your feelings of power and risk tolerance. All of those traits sound vital to achieving peak physical and mental performance as I’m sure you would agree. This is why if you’re an athlete looking to perform at a high level, you should always maintain a strong posture showing your opponent or onlookers that you’re ready and up to the challenge. This is not just for show, there are real hormonal implications involved. So how do you ‘carry’ yourself?
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Here’s How to do the Movement and Quickly Get Yourself into a Position of Power:
NOTE: You can do this movement from a standing or seated position. Example below based on seated.
• From a seated position, first tilt the pelvis forward creating a slight arch in the lower back which immediately helps to raise the chest.
• Then pull the shoulders down and back with your arms at your side.
• Next, lift the head and slightly tuck the chin making yourself as tall as possible.
• From this position you should now feel your back, glute and abdominal muscles working to hold you in this strong alignment.
• Begin by just holding this position for 5-10 seconds at a time and progress to holding it up to 2-minutes.
This proper spinal alignment should become habit in all phases of your life. Tuck your chin and sit tall when working at your desk, driving your car or sending a text. Bring some balance back to your abused and damaged neck muscles and FIX your ugly forward head posture.
At the bottom of this post i have a few more videos for you to use to correct you forward head posture. However, the videos are just part of the comprehensive program. If you would like to check out the full Fix your Forward Head Posture program click here now.
Till next time,
P.S. The celebrities in the image above are Justin Beiber, Bill Gates and Taylor Swift.