"I'm doing some research on Forward Head Posture correction for personal use and I came across your website. I was wondering if you could shed a light on a question of mine.
I came across the information that sleeping on your back on a hard mattress or even on the floor, with no pillow or a small neck support can actually reverse a case of forward head posture, by forcing your neck into a more natural position for several hours. Do you think that's a helpful approach? Do you recommend it?"
I do not agree with that approach since it is a waste of energy treating the neck or head as if it is a separate island, separate from the rest of the spine and body. The spine and head sit on top of a bowl-like structure, the pelvis which moves like a ship's 3-Axis Gimbal.
The pelvis is designed to move in many positions with the use of many pelvic and hip muscles. Muscles can over time end up restricting some movements in favor of other movements and then the spine has to follow since the spine sits on top of the pelvis.
Pillow, no pillow, neck support, no support......look at the 4 postures from Kendall McCreary's book Muscles Testing and Function with Posture and Pain and study the position these pelvises have gotten in. See how changing the position of the pelvis directly changes the position and shape of the spine and what affect that has on head position? Forward head position.
Don't chase the symptom. Don't waste money on gimmicks and gizmos. Look at the body as a unit. Treat the body as a unit not separate parts as islands.
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Catee Ingwersen is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.