Do you often have headaches?
Are you dizzy?
Feel tension behind your neck?
Do you have headaches and nausea at the same time?
It affects almost everyone, no matter what your age or level of fitness. It is a problem that arises from a single area of your body, but it affects your overall health, including your mental and physical state.
The first thing you need to know is that the maladies I have listed above are due to your posture that is incorrect.First of all I want to tell you that there are 10 exercises that will help you get a proper posture and that will ensure that you do not suffer more than those boring and painful problems I have listed above.
It’s forward head posture… also known as texting neck.You’ve probably seen it yourself, in those guys and girls who are physically active but walk around with a chicken head or giraffe neck.Instead of a powerful, strong chest, their shoulders are hunched forward, their head droops down and their curved back almost gives them a hump.
It looks weak, unhealthy and unsightly. And it undoes all their hard work.Your neck is designed to remain vertical, supporting the weight of your skull in a perfect line from the top of your head straight down through your body to your feet.
When you look at yourself in the mirror from the side, your ear, your shoulder and your hips should all be in a straight line down to the floor. If it is unaligned and your ear is in front of your shoulders, it’s a sure sign of forward head posture.
You see, the average head weighs 10-12lbs. When your head sits perfectly upon your neck and shoulders, the body naturally adapts to holding this weight.
But if your head is constantly pulled forward, the weight of your head pulls on your neck and puts pressure on your spine.
When your head is pulled forward the additional pressure on your neck, shoulders and back rises dramatically causing serious tissue damage. In fact, every inch your head is thrust forward from its natural position adds another 10 lbs of stress on the neck, shoulders, back and spine.
It’s why you may have developed that ugly ‘hump’ below your neck; to combat the stress of holding your head up, the body’s reaction has been to build-up bone and fat tissue to compensate and protect the spine at the C7 vertebrae.
Forward head posture doesn’t just leave you looking awkward… No matter how hard you train or how well you eat, unless you start fixing your head posture right now, it may not be possible to reverse the damage already done.
Shortly, I’ll explain to you how it’s possible to fix your forward head posture using just 10 really simple movements that instantly improve your posture and increase your strength, energy and vitality.
But first, let me show you the many ways forward head posture is damaging your health and holding you back.
Although few realize they have a posture problem, fewer still realize how many problems are caused by Forward Head Posture.
The most obvious concern is the physical appearance….
Your Poor Head Posture Is Making You Look 10 LBS Heavier and 2 Inches Shorter Than You Actually Are
As the main connector between your upper torso and skull, the neck has the crucial task of cradling the body’s computer — the brain.
When I personally discovered that I suffered from Forward Head Posture, I was shocked at the impact it had on my health. The number of symptoms I could directly trace back to poor posture was just as shocking.
Not only does Forward Head Posture give your back that ugly hunch and crouched-over look… it also causes much deeper, serious problems including:
- Constant fatigue and lack of energy
- Pain in your neck, shoulders or upper, lower and middle back
- Permanent damage to your joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels & nerves
- Headaches and migraines
- Poor sleep or insomnia
- Impaired athletic performance
- Loss of height by 2 inches
- Looking 10 lbs fatter than you actually are
- Affects your hormonal health
- Noisy mouth breathing, snoring & sleep apnea
- Early degeneration of your spine
- Pinched and trapped nerves
- Decreased range of motion
- Lack of confidence
- Blood Flow to the Brain
- Decreased lung capacity by up to 30%
- Harmful affects to vision and hearing
- Jaw pain and sinus issues
- Dizziness, vertigo and balance issues
- Burdens your digestive system
If you’ve suffered any of these without realizing the root problem was Forward Head Posture, you’re not alone.
Forward Head Posture or FHP affects nearly everybody, yet hardly anyone understands the serious long-term physical and mental damage it can cause.
And it’s the most important muscle in your neck that dictates just how strong and healthy our posture and well-being is.
Introducing One of the Body’s Most Vital Muscles…
That You’ve Never Heard Of
Your neck is literally the BRIDGE between your head and your body. It’s the balance beam from which good posture flows.
Although there are a number of major muscles in the neck and back, there is one “vital” muscle at the front of your neck which does all the lifting…
… that muscle is: the sternocleidomastoid.
The sternocleidomastoid originates at the breastplate (sternum) and collar bone (clavicle) and inserts at the mastoid process of the temporal bone of the skull.
When your sternocleidomastoid is strong and supple, your head sits perfectly upon your neck. The body follows the head. When your head is properly aligned as it should be the rest of the spine falls into place.
By holding your head in place it maintains your spine in a healthy, lengthened position and removes stress and tension from your upper, middle and lower back muscles. Your upper torso is optimally lengthened, keeping your windpipe clear and allowing maximum intake of breath into your lungs, increasing oxygen levels and improving brain function.
When you eliminate forward head posture, you…
- … achieve peak performance with greater lung capacity and optimized hormones.
- … appear to be 10 lbs lighter and 2 inches taller.
- … train harder, heavier and gain strength faster than you thought possible.
- … are more focused and clear-thinking.
- … protect your spine from wear and tear.
- … breathe and sleep better without snoring.
- … increase your confidence so you’re not self-conscious.
This muscle is the key to your postural health. But any imbalance or weakness in this vital connection between your head and torso sends shockwaves through your body.
And what is the No.1 cause of this imbalance that causes weakness in your sternocleidomastoid muscle?
Here are 4 ways texting neck or forward head posture is destroying your health
Office Guy Syndrome
It’s like the old man’s hunch curving your body forward with your shoulders dropped making you look weak, submissive and shorter than you really are. The curve of your neck and back means you may drop height by a couple of inches and look a lot older than you are.
Declining Confidence, Energy & Mood
If you have poor head posture, the effects go beyond physical. Forward head posture can have a seriously detrimental effect on your mood, sapping your energy, leading to depressed thoughts and hitting your confidence hard.
Sleep Disruption & Brain Fog
Forward head posture kills the quality of your sleep and you’re more likely to suffer from sleep apnea when you have FHP. Due to the misalignment of your head and torso, your airway can become blocked when you sleep which starves your brain of oxygen, severely disrupts sleep quality and leads to snoring.
When your brain does not get the blood and oxygen it requires to function, you’ll often experience side effects like headaches and migraines.
Without the rest you need your work, relationships and energy levels will be negatively affected.
The Peak Performance Trap
Forward Head Posture or what some people call “turtle neck” has been shown to lead to a decrease in the strength in the muscles involved in breathing which will decrease your breathing and can reduce your lung capacity by 30% affecting athletic performance.
Poor head posture has been proven to decrease testosterone by 20% and it increases fat storing cortisol hormone levels by 25%.
Every day you fail to deal with forward head posture is another day
closer to irreparable, permanent damage to your neck, back
and shoulders… for the rest of your life.
Solve your problems now!