Bad Posture and Heavy Heads

In my previous blog article, the significance of jaw position and fatigued muscles and their relationship to Tempromandiular Joint Disorder (TMD) was discussed.  I’d like to pick up where we left off by adding another piece to the contributing factor puzzle – posture.  For various reasons, people develop postural problems.  A common posture problem familiar to chiropractors, physical therapists and personal trainers is called Upper Crossed Syndrome.  You see people with this classic bad posture all the time.  Their backs are hunched over and their heads are in a pronounced forward position in front of their necks instead of balanced over the center of their bodies.

Upper Crossed Syndrome

Upper Crossed Syndrome

Such posture can be the result of chronically poor body positions while working (like dentists hunching over patients or office workers over their computers).  Breathing problems and poor sleep positions are other causes of Upper Crossed Syndrome.  How is this a contributing factor for TMD?   Well, for every inch forward of normal that the head is held forward, the muscles of the neck and back have to work as if they are carrying an extra ten pounds!   The result can be tender muscles and the entire jaw + skull + muscle + nerve “stomatognathic” system is out of balance.  People with such postures commonly complain of TMD, migraines, head and neck pain as well as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).    

Work Station Posture

Work Station Posture

Check out this article on “Upper Crossed Syndrome and the 42 Pound Head”  to learn more.  If you have questions about Upper Crossed Syndrome please contact us at 908.359.6655 or at our website www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com