Save Your Neck with Good Neck Posture
There is a significant association between neck pain and posture or shape of the neck curve. The normal neck curve is between 30° to 40° and maintaining this is a common clinical goal for many Chiropractors in treatment of neck disorders for which neck pillows are commonly used.
Good and Bad Neck Posture Through injuries and poor posture habits related to work or everyday activities like; driving, reading, TV watching, and desk/keyboard activities, the neck can lose it’s normal posture putting stress on the nerves, muscles and ligaments (soft tissues) resulting in pain and dysfunction. Over time, the faulty neck curve results in the head pushed forward and can lead to serious compression of the nerves in your neck (1).
Your head weighs about 10 pounds and for every inch the head moves forward due to poor posture, the supporting weight increases by 10 pounds. So if your head moves 3 inches forward from poor neck posture, the effective weight that your neck must support is about 30 pounds.
Poor neck posture has been shown to be associated with many health problems. Subject with poor neck posture have a higher rate of neck pain, pain between the shoulders and headaches (2). In fact, it has been shown that older men and women with poor neck posture have higher mortality rates(3).
Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Neck pain, headaches, moods, blood pressure, pulse and even lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture(4).
The forward head posture leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, and pinched nerves(5). As we get older, deviations in the body’s center of gravity caused by poor posture may result in intestinal problems, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, osteoporosis, hip and foot deformities, poor health, decreased quality of life and a shortened life span (6).
Degenerative Osteoarthritis Over time, the bio-mechanical alterations from poor neck posture lead to abnormal stress on the joints and discs of the neck. This stress alters the structure of the bones and with altered structure comes altered function. The body senses alteration of structure to indicate instability and responds by restructuring the bones in an attempt to strengthen the area. Unfortunately, this leads to calcium deposits as the body tries to fuse bones together. The nerves and blood vessels can become trapped and irritated leading to pain and dysfunction.
At NeckPillowStore.com we strive to improve not only neck pain, but to increase your overall health with products that can help correct poor neck posture and the related health problems associated with it.
To help restore normal neck posture and function we offer a quality selection of neck pillows to maintain the proper curve throughout sleeping. Because neck exercises are important to restoring function, we have a selection of neck exercisers to help. To aid in restoring the normal neck posture we also recommend some of our neck traction devices which are specifically designed to correct poor neck posture. In addition our neck supports and neck wraps can help you get through the rough times.