Forward head posture (FHP) has almost become the norm in society today. This occurs when sitting with poor posture for long periods of time. FHP leads to a reduction in the normal curve of the neck and muscle imbalance. When these changes occur the pos-ture is visible when standing or walking as well.
When the normal curve of the neck straightens, the upper back compensates by rounding and becoming stiff. This places increased stress and load on the lower cervi-cal spine. The disc and liga-ments can become over-worked and leads to pain.
When the head protrudes forward the muscles in the back of the neck become tight and when this condition is chronic scar tissue can develop. The muscles in the front become stretched and start to weaken. This is why
most individuals with FHP can not touch their chin to their chest.
If you are dealing with disc-like symptoms or FHP, there are exercises designed to decrease pain in your arms and neck as well as help increase mobility in your lower neck and upper back that can help.