Anterior Head Syndrome is a common condition in which the neck (cervical spine) loses it’s proper orientation with the rest of the spine. This anterior shift, as seen in the picture above, places an increased stress on the spine leading to muscular tension, spinal degeneration and even nerve impingement. Many patients with mild or severe anterior head syndrome report secondary conditions such as neck pain, upper back pain, headaches and numbness or tingling into the hands because of this deviation from normal.
You may be wondering, “Why does this anterior shift occur in the first place?” Often times an Anterior Head Syndrome is caused by poor ergonomics at the workplace, lack of proper fitness or even previous untreated/poorly healed injuries. I commonly find that patients are dealing with a combination of the above factors. Unlike other conventional chiropractic offices that focus more on chasing down the pain from this condition, I focus on correcting the underlying primary structural shifts while supporting the corrective through corrective exercises and workplace improvements.
The most enjoyable part of my work is when the patient’s spine begins to correct. The correction takes pressure off the muscles, discs, ligaments and nervous system which reduces the secondary conditions listed above.
Dr. Chris Hanson