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Don't Lose Your Head

Sticking your neck out for your kids and grandkids might seem like a good idea, but try to keep it up figurative.  Bad posture can lead to several different problems, one of which is anterior head syndrome.   This is the term used to describe the condition in which your head extends forward.  It can become extremely painful over time, look unappealing, and also bring with it a slew of other problems.  Fortunately, you can be proactive to minimize its occurrence and with proper chiropractic treatment reduce side effects if you are currently suffering from the disorder.

There are several different causes of AHS.  Poor posture is at the top of that list. Slouching while watching television, reading in bed, or spending too much time staring at a computer screen, can contribute to your risk of developing anterior head syndrome.  Several days of these things can lead to pain that will usually disappear once the activity has stopped.  Even if there are no short-term side effects, though, the cumulative effect of doing these things over the years can lead to long term muscle strain, disc herniation, arthritis, and pinched nerves. If you are not suffering from this condition, it’s still a good idea to practice good posture routinely to ensure that you are not doing the types of things that will lead to long-term pain and stiffness. Regular adjustments by a chiropractor can also ensure that your neck and back stay properly aligned.

If you are already suffering from AHS, or if you are unsure, you may also be suffering from some side effects.  While neck and shoulder pain are the most common symptoms of AHS, there are several others that you may not realize are related.  One of the most common among them is headaches.  Others include numbing, tingling in the shoulders, and stiffness.  You may also find that you have a hump in your back or in your shoulders.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do about it to all but eliminate the side effects.  Your first step should be paying a visit to your chiropractor.  During your visit, she will likely ask you to simulate certain positions and ask you some questions to determine the precise cause or causes of the condition.  Once she has done so, she can recommend the proper solutions to the problem, which will typically include changes in posture during particular activities.  While these can be unnatural at first, the more commonly you practice them and the more comfortable they become, the less you will have to think about making the adjustments consciously.  Some such changes could include reading or sleeping in different positions or altering the positioning of your computer monitor so that you can more easily read it without putting your head in an awkward position.  Additional exercises and stretches will likely also be part of your treatment plan.

As with any ailment, the sooner that you get treatment for the condition, the sooner your condition will start to improve.  It is best for you to seek help immediately upon the realization that you are at risk or beginning to develop symptoms of AHS.  You don’t have to go on living in pain, and you can likely experience improvement much faster than you may think.

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