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[Pain Relief Institute] Bowed Head and Stiff Neck - Forward Head Posture (FHP)






[Pain Relief Institute] Bowed Head and Stiff Neck - Forward Head Posture (FHP)







Greetings from the Pain Relief Institute at Godoil Spine Hospital!

Just take a glance around you on your morning commute, and it shouldn't be difficult to see a common theme.

Everyone is looking at their smartphones. People are staring intensely into their phones with their heads lowered and necks forward.

I must admit, however, that I feel a bit embarrassed knowing that I'm just as guilty of doing exactly the same each morning on my commute to work.


Of course, we are all living in a busy modern world,

and we do what we must to take advantage of the short bursts of time we have available to read, watch videos,

or even work on our smartphones. However, it's no secret that these bad habits will naturally have a negative impact on our necks and spines.


Let’s find out more about forward head posture, the first subject of today's Pain Relief Report.








Name: Forward head posture (FHS)

Characteristics: Head and neck leaning forward, sometimes called “scholar’s neck” or “turtle neck.”

Symptoms: Neck stiffness that occurs after extended computer or mobile phone use with poor posture.

Associated with: Cervical disc herniation, shoulder muscle pain, arm numbness, headaches





It's possible to identify FHP simply by using a mirror.

1. Mirror method

Stand directly in front of a mirror and look at your shoulders. If your left and right shoulders are at different heights,

there's a high probability that you may be suffering from forward head posture.

If one side is exceptionally higher than the other, the odds are even greater. From a profile view,

if the ears are positioned about an inch (3 cm) or more in front of the center shoulder line when standing

with your lower back straightened, you are likely to be suffering from FHP, causing pain in the neck and shoulder muscles.


2. Questionnaire method

- I can hear the sound of bones when I rotate my neck and/or shoulders.

- I have a habit of stretching out my arms above my head when I sleep.

- When I see myself in a picture, my neck appears tilted compared to other people.

- I often feel tingling or pain in my neck and shoulders.

- I use a computer or smartphone continuously  for more than six hours each day.

- I feel a sudden/sharp pain when I tilt my head up.


If you've regularly experienced three or more of the above six symptoms, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

※ Self-diagnosis is not a replacement for professional consultation. We recommend that you see a medical professional

for an accurate diagnosis.





It's simply a reality that we can no longer live without the use of mobile phones and computers

which have become essential elements in our daily lives.

One common element found in most people who use smartphones and computers is that they spend extended periods of time

in very poor postures. It's bad enough just to stay in one posture for a long time but doing so habitually can have severe effects on the body.

It's a good idea to take a moment to do some light stretches whenever you find yourself maintaining poor posture for extended periods of time.










We've all shaken our heads to indicate "No" at some point, right? Simply turn your head slowly to the left

and then the right to relax the tense muscles in your neck.



Fold your hands and place them behind your head. Gently push your head forward until your chin touches your chest.

Then push out your chest and look toward the ceiling while reaching far back with your hands.



You may be seated or standing for this exercise. Straighten your back, reach up with the left hand,

and then place your left hand just above your right ear. With your left hand, gently pull your head toward your left shoulder

to stretch the neck and shoulder muscles on the opposite side. Maintain that position for five seconds,

and repeat the procedure for the other side.






Special examinations for a professional diagnosis


1. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)

An infrared camera can detect internal body heat that we cannot see with the naked eye.

These special cameras detect the levels of body heat that we generate,

and we can analyze areas of possible nerve damage or diminished nerve function.


2. Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST)

This test measures the damage in the peripheral nerves of our nerve cells by using light electric current.

The values at which nerve fiber groups react are measured using low-level electric current at three frequencies

to quantify the degree of sensory nerve damage in patients.

It's an excellent method for quickly and painlessly diagnosing possible neurological disorders.





Computers and mobile phones are essential elements of modern life.

The use of such devices is almost inevitable, but the fact is that their usage can lead to poor posture and habits,

further harming our health. Be sure to take a few moments out of your day to stretch the tense muscles in your neck
even if you think you're too busy or the stretches feel a bit uncomfortable.

Promise to build healthy habits starting today!


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