Are you aware of the texting neck?
A forward slouched posture that has become so common in today’s world of computers and mobile devices.
We all have powerful chests, and instead of keeping it powerful, strong and erect, we often walk around with a hump with our shoulders hunched forward.
Even after hours in the gym, the body does not look fit and healthy because of this posture.
This posture can give a very unsightly, unhealthy appearance to the body.
You see our ear, shoulder and hip should all be in a straight line down to the ground.
When there is forward head posture, the ear is in front of the shoulder and this is totally unaligned with the expected healthy alignment.
Our head weighs around 10 to 12 pounds and when the head sits naturally over the neck and shoulders, there is a perfect balance of weight and this is how it should be.
If the head is bent forward, there is an ever increasing pressure on your spine, and this could result in many other problems.
Effects of the forward slouch
When there is a forward slouch and your head is pulled forward, the extra pressure on your neck, shoulders, and back rises immediately and can cause serious tissue damage.
Every inch your head is pulled forward from its natural position, it adds another 10 pounds of stress on the neck, shoulders, back, and spine.
This is why people develop a hump just below their necks.
This hump helps combat the strain of holding their head up.
The hump is also a result of the body’s reaction of building up bone and fat for compensation to protect the spinal region.
This posture can affect your health subtly in a variety of ways.
The effects of the forward slouch position will not be evident immediately.
Symptoms take days to appear, but when they arrive, the damage is already done.
In the program that I will discuss further, the author tells us that it is possible to cure this slouch with a series of simple movements to increase strength and vitality.
Research suggests that the forward head posture could be very damaging for your physical appearance.
This posture could lead you to look ten pounds heavier than you actually are.
Also, height-wise you could look almost two inches shorter than your actual height!
Complications that a wrong head posture can cause
There are a lot of complications that poor head posture can cause.
I will explain some of them here.
The main effect of the slouched head posture is a constant sense of fatigue and lack of energy.
People usually experience pain in their neck, shoulders or upper, lower and middle back.
This posture can most frequently cause permanent damage to your joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels & nerves.
It can also lead to conditions like Headaches and migraines, Poor sleep or insomnia, Arthritis and impaired athletic performance.
The most common physical effect of this posture is a loss of height by 2 inches and looking 10 pounds fatter than you actually are.
This can even cause variations in your hormone levels, Noisy mouth breathing, snoring & sleep Apnea, early degeneration of your spine, pinched and trapped nerves, decreased the range of motion, blood flow to the brain and Asthma.
Also, some other effects can be decreased lung capacity by up to 30%, harmful effects to vision and hearing, jaw pain and sinus issues, Dizziness, vertigo and balance issues and also excessive burdening of the digestive system.
The Biology involved
We spoke about how the head is lifted up ideally by your spine to achieve an ideal shape.
There are several major muscles in the neck, back and shoulders that are involved, but there is one major vital muscle that is involved in all lifting activities.
This muscle is called the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
This sternocleidomastoid muscle has its origin at the breastplate (sternum) and collar bone (clavicle). It inserts at the mastoid process of the temporal bone of the skull.
When this muscle is strong, the head sits atop your neck in perfect alignment.
While the head is aligned, the spine follows through.
When the spine is in a healthy, lengthened position, stress is removed from your upper, middle and lower back muscles.
This also causes the upper torso to be optimally lengthened, keeping your windpipe clear.
When the windpipe is clear, intake of oxygen into the lungs increases and this leads to increase in brain function.
These are some of the benefits you gain by improving your head posture:
- Your lung capacity increases and hormones are optimized
- You look healthier and sleeker.
- Ideally, you should appear 2 inches taller and about 10 pounds lighter.
- Your thinking gets clear
- Your spine is strengthened
- Self-consciousness disappears and you appear more confident
How slouching reduces the throughput of your life
The author explains four ways in which the forward head syndrome could be destroying your health:
1. You look older than you are:
The hunch on your back makes you look a lot older than you actually are.
It also makes you look weak and submissive, and really shorter than your actual height.
2. You experience an overall decrease in your mood, confidence, and energy:
A slouched posture often can be detrimental to your mood.
It can lead to energy loss, feeling depressed and this can have a great effect on your overall confidence levels.
3. You experience brain fog symptoms and have difficulty trying to sleep:
When your head and torso are misaligned to each other, there is less oxygen filling your body, and this can lead to sleep problems.
Not getting enough sleep and brain fog are common symptoms associated with this.
Brain fog can cause a person to have muddled thoughts and can affect a person’s ability to clearly think.
It can also decrease the accuracy of his decision-making skills and decrease his overall productivity.
4. Your performance is heavily affected:
Athletic performance levels in a person’s slouched posture can drop drastically because of his decreased lung capacity.
How you can improve a slouched posture
Firstly in order to fix the slouched posture problem, one needs to understand the issue.
The author of this program suggests that static stretching does not work well for the long run, though it can provide initial relief.
A suggested approach to permanently correct the forward head posture would be a combination of corrective exercise and other techniques to open up and release the neck while activating other muscles.
Introduction to the program
This program effectively cures the Forward head posture using a number of techniques:
Firstly, it introduces the concept of Muscle Re-education Drills
This involves realigning your muscles to put your head in the right position again.
Secondly, it involves some serious breathing exercises.
Deep breathing can help release tension in the neck, shoulders, back and the whole body.
The aim is to let your muscles relax and help bring the head and body into balance.
Next, we have some mobility exercises to help unlock the joints in your spine to decrease the stress and damage.
After this, the next section sheds emphasis on re-training the flexors to restore the balance of your head.
Next, the author discusses the importance of self-massage and sequential static stretching.
Also discussed is how steps are taken to maintain the posture achieved through various postural strengthening activities.
What’s inside this program?
The program provides a Forward Head Posture Fix DVD Video along with a Forward Head Posture Fix Manual.
This video course consists of ten exercises of the sequential flow.
You are taken through each exercise carefully with a thorough explanation on how to target the right muscle the first time.
The video has been divided into three sections.
The first one is an Instructional Video beginning with an explanation from Rick about what the following exercise is designed to do, how to execute it with the best form and what you should feel throughout the move.
The second one follows a follow along format so that the user can perform along with the video explanation.
The third video involves exercise swaps to include progressions and regressions to increase or decrease the difficulty level of the exercise.
The second part of the course content is the manual.
This manual contains the explanation about everything that you are doing.
Explanation for why you are doing a particular stretch, a particular exercise, can be found in the manual.
It is a supplement to the powerful exercise series in the video.
I have gone through a lot of reviews and testimonials from people using this program.
It is wonderful to say that most of the reviews were positive.
From my personal experience, I hope that this review of mine will help you take the right decision.
I strongly recommend you to buy this product and see the results for yourself.