Humans were designed to stand upright. And yet, too many of us are spending a large portion of our day staring at a tiny screen, causing us to strain and position our head forward. People spend an average of 2-4 hours each day with their neck bent at this unnatural angle while shooting off emails or texts. This forward head posture that is assumed while using our mobile devices or smart phones is not the natural position that our neck was designed to be in.
The human head weighs on average between 12-15 pounds, but the more forward your head is in your posture can cause this to increase up to 5X! Can you imagine walking around with a 60 pound weight tied to your head? Let me explain it to you this way…picture a waiter or waitress carrying a tray, and on this tray is a bowling ball (a bowling ball on average weighs 8-10 lbs for a woman, and 15-16 lbs for a man, just about the weight of a human head!). But here’s the trouble…the bowling ball wants to keep sliding to the front of the tray. If we think about the server’s arm as being analogous to our neck, and the bowling ball sliding forward on the tray as equating to our head, just how tired is that server’s arm going to be by the end of the day? Well, that’s what your neck can feel like with a forward head posture!