Tips for Forward Head Posture


In today’s digital age, we are treating more and more patients with forward head posture. If you spend a lot of time on electronic devices like smartphones or tablets or work a desk job, you are probably guilty of maintaining this posture. But what exactly is it and how can it impact your health?

What Is Forward Head Posture?

Forward head posture is, you guessed it, when you lean your head forward and carry the weight of your head over the front of your body. This makes your neck muscles go into overtime to support the weight of your head, which then increases how far forward your head goes. This might not sound like much, but it can lead to chronic issues including:

  • Jaw problems

  • Headaches

  • Shoulder pain

  • Neck tension

  • Hunchback

  • Tilting of the pelvis

  • Low back pain

Do You Have Forward Head Posture?

How can you tell if you have forward head posture? One easy way to find out is with a wall test. Stand with your back and head up against the wall with your heels about six inches from the wall. Place as many fingers as you can between the back of your neck and the wall.

If you can fit three or more fingers between your neck and the wall, you probably have forward head posture. Don’t worry, you certainly aren’t alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, about 90% of adults suffer from the issues. It isn’t so surprising when you consider how much time the average person spends sitting in front of their computer, driving their car, or looking at their phone.

What Can You Do?

Maintaining regular chiropractic adjustments is a great place to start when it comes to treating forward head posture, but there are also some steps you can take on your own.

  • Keep your chest lifted when sitting

  • Adjust your computer screen so it is at

  • Ask us to teach you how to do corrective exercises such as chin tucks and chic retractions

  • Purchase an ergonomic chair to support your body

  • Use a neck pillow

At Williamsburg Chiropractic, we can help you determine if forward head posture is the cause of your pain and help you keep head complications at bay while we restore your health and mobility. Click here to contact us and schedule your next adjustment!