How you can improve your head & neck posture
The head might follow the body, the body might follow the head?
For every inch the head moves it increases in weight and leads to stress and compensations elsewhere.
Forward head posture leads to chronic pain, numbness in the arms and hands, improper breathing, and pinched nerves.
But that’s not all. It can also affect our mood.
Poor posture also has been shown to affect depression, memory, stress response, self-esteem, body image, and even brain function and behaviour. Click here to see article
Here’s a one month challenge for you, who dares to take a photo and post the results?
Can you stand with your back to the wall and does your head touch the wall without tilting back?
If not, then turn the test into a gentle exercise to help correct your head position.
Gently draw the chin in so that the back of the neck lengthens towards the wall. If it is really hard then maybe start by doing 3 reps of 10 secs, see if you can challenge yourself to do this daily and build until you can hold for 1 minute 2-3 times each day.
If you want to see if this improves your posture ask someone to take a photo of you side ways on and then take another a month into doing this exercise.
Small changes can create big benefits to your whole body.
The effects of horse-riding simulator exercise and Kendall exercise on the forward head posture
This article is very interesting…..
Perhaps those of us with forward head posture need to take up horse riding!
From our Facebook post: A little exercise and also a comment about horse riding and posture.
There was a fab comment on that Facebook post about how the spine moves in riding, so here is my little addition.
Once you can start to use the muscles to hold a static position of the head and it feels comfortable and easy – (If you don’t have a horse), you could sit and bounce on a stability ball.
Your aim is to engage the muscles like you did when trying to draw the back of your head to the wall.
What you will notice is that if you do this, instead of the head flailing around, there needs to be a reactive lengthening/opening at the front of the neck, so that the head and ribcage and the rest of the spine all react to the motion.
This is dynamic stability and it’s something we all need.