Massage Therapy  with Dee Hiatt, 
Bowling Ball Head
September, 2003
Your head is similar to a bowling ball balanced on a stack of dimes. It stays attached to the rest of you thanks to guy wires (muscles).

When your head is upright, it weighs 12 pounds (it could be more). Your lower cervical spine experiences compressive forces of a matching 12 pounds. Nice and equal. But for every inch your headís center of gravity shifts forward, the compressive forces on your cervical spine increase by another 12 pounds.
(Picture compliments of Bob King)

You can see how destructive a forward head posture can be if held for very long.

Mother was right: Sit up straight. Stand up straight. Donít slouch.
© 2004, Dee Hiatt
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