Neck pain is a common problem and we all know that it is caused due to poor posture. We must understand that recognizing and preventing poor posture can help the patients recover from the condition. Ortho doctor suggest that people should take care of their posture to ensure that they are free from neck pain.
Good and Poor Posture
Good posture has a crucial definition that ears must be positioned directly above the shoulders and the chest must be open and shoulders should be back. This is known as the normal head posture, which minimizes the stress on the neck as the weight of the head is supported by the cervical spine.
The posture which causes problems is the forward head posture which occurs when the neck slants forward, and the head is placed in front of the shoulders in contrast to being directly above. This posture often leads to several problems like stress on the cervical spine. Due to the head being in the forward position, the cervical spine faces a lot of stress. The cervical spine faces an additional 10 pounds of weight for every inch the head is held forward.
Hyperflexion and hyperextension– The lower spine has to hyperflex as the vertebrae tilt too forward. In contrast, the upper spine, however, has to hyperextend to keep the head up for maintaining the direct vision of the eyes. This causes an alteration in the cervical spine’s curve which leads to stretching of the spine and the nearby nerves.
Muscle overload– It is the function of the muscles in the neck and upper back to counterbalance the pull of gravity which is exerted on a forward head. It leads to muscles becoming more prone to strain.
Hunched upper back– Forward head posture often leads to forward shoulders and a rounded upper back, which causes pain in the neck, and shoulders.
The longer we continue to indulge in poor posture, the more likely we are to face neck pain, stiffness, and other problems.
Long-Term Effects of poor Posture
If we continue to hold the poor posture over a long period, we will face increasing amounts of stress on the neck and nearby organs.
Muscle imbalances-While some muscles in the neck and shoulder region tend to become shortened and tight, others become elongated and weak. This leads to an imbalance in the muscles.
Risk of spinal degeneration– The poor posture causes extra stress on the cervical spine’s discs, facet joints, and vertebrae which leads to an increased risk of degenerative spine issues.
Reduced mobility– Increased stiffness leads to immobile muscles and joints.