Ever walk into a grocery store and see an old man with a ‘granny’ lump around his neck? Or maybe a colleague who works day and night on a computer screen and nods his head? Maybe it’s a couple who likes to watch TV or read every day, just sleep on their backs and put two to three pillows under their heads. What kind of people drive, with the head rest in their head (“error on the windshield posture”). Perhaps a young mother, or worse, children who are constantly looking at tablets, computers, iPads, iPods, (i-anything for that matter), mobile phones and screens, are starting to show signs of preexisting head syndrome.
What is anterior head syndrome (AHS)? AHS is an acquired, primary structural spinal condition that is a growing epidemic, often due to lifestyle choices and trauma. Various activities can cause the head and cervical (neck) spine to shape and shape in a more forward position. These effects are devastating to one’s health. According to Joint Physiology, Part 3, “For every inch of forward head posture, it can add an extra 10 pounds to the weight of the head on the spine.” Adult heads weigh anywhere from 12-15 kg, and you can only imagine the extra strain on the neck muscles and discs AHS should not pay attention. No wonder people feel tired and sore after a long day at their neck, shoulders and at work. Like putting your hands in wet cement, it can mold into your hand print with drying. The spine does the same in abnormal spinal posture.
What happens if I don’t fix AHS? Secondary conditions for abnormal spinal cord formation in the throat may include: arthritis, hand pain, back pain, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical stenosis, loss of grip, degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), disc herniation, ” Granny hump “), fatigue, fibromyalgia, golfer’s or tennis elbow, headache, hearing difficulties, jaw pain (TMJ), sore throat and muscle cramps, numbness and tingling in hands and hands, rotator cuff issue, shoulder pain, pain Issues and pain in the wrist. According to a reputable journal Spinal cord, The front posture has been shown to pinch the normal curvature of the neck, resulting in disc compression, disc damage and early arthritis, even in people who show no symptoms. In many people who do not have symptoms of AHS, permanent spinal cord damage can occur if care is not taken with corrective spinal care.
How the neck should be: There should be a nice arc in the cervical spine when looking at the side of the body, with the inside of the ear in a straight line above the shoulder (acromion). From the front point of view, the head should be fully aligned on the chest. At one time the leading neurosurgeon Dr. Alf Bragg’s Nobel Prize winner Dr. Research by Alf Brag proved that “damage to the cervical curve extends to the spine by 7-7 cm (2 to 3 inches) and causes disease.” In my practice, after thorough examination and radiographic analysis, I regularly see patients with 1-4 inches of anterior head syndrome. That extra pressure on the spine weighs 10-40lbs extra on the neck muscles and torso. Spinal lengths of 2 to 3 inches, coupled with an extra weight of 10-40 pounds on the cervical spine can contribute to numerous contributions to the neurological condition over time. AHS can be caused by years of improper biomechanics and bad throat habits or instant automobile whiplash. It doesn’t happen in a day or two after you look down at your smartphone. Problems with abnormal wear on the spine also begin to occur over the years (like spinning a tire along the axis of a bend – walking the tire will wear out unevenly).
What to do about AHS: Whether your goal is to reduce arthritis and pain, help sinus problems and headaches, or reduce the “gray hump” on your upper back, here are some ways to help improve AHS. After a series of radiographs, we use a specific protocol tailored to each patient individually. We use special spinal restoration devices to shape the neck slowly and gradually closer to its normal position. We also use chiropractic adjusting and therapeutic exercises to protect the spine, increasing cervical motility. In addition, changes made to your daily lifestyle will be implemented, including identifying the bad habits that cause AHS, including specific AHS exercises, changes in driving position, updates, changes in sitting and sleeping conditions, improve biomechanics at work, and more. Keep in mind; No magic pill or dose of liquid otion or poison will help restore proper neck flexion.
How do I find the right doctor for me? Traditional doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and I also dare to write, many doctors who share my own profession of chiropractic do very little to show evidence of improving AHS. For best results, find a provider or chiropractor who specializes in chiropractic biophysics, or may show evidence of spinal changes in addition to helping you feel better. Achieving the best results for your body in the gym is no different than working with a trainer. It takes a strong desire for improvement and extra work in your own time to get the best results. When training in the gym, you will gradually notice the results, and after a period, even better results! AHS correction is no different.
Working with a chiropractor who makes simple changes to your home and functional routines as well as focusing on spinal improvement will pay a huge dividend to your spinal health.