What is “Head Forward Posture”?
Head Forward Posture (HFP), aka Forward Head Posture, is the chronic ongoing forward positioning of the head, reminiscent of a turtle’s head coming out of its shell, resulting from poor posture, sleeping positions, driving stress, computer neck, student posture, whiplash, leadeing to improper breathing habits, decreased Oxygen intake, muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, pinched nerves and instability.
How does HFP display ?
HFP displays as a shortening of the muscles of the neck and upper chest and excessive strain on the muscles on the back of the head, neck, shoulders and upper back affecting the tissues, nerves and joints of the surrounding structures.
What are HFP symptoms?
HFP can potentially lead to many issues including mild to severe neck pain and headaches, vertigo, disk degeneration, Spinal pain, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity. It can even affect mood.
How does Sean Haber RMT ST treat HFP?
Depending on the severity of HFP, it can be reversed. All cases can have alleviation in pain and symptoms with ongoing treatment.
Therapeutic soft tissue and acupressure techniques would be applied to the chest, neck, head, shoulders and back to the client’s tolerance level. Additional joint mobilization and stretching will help to increase range of motion and improve overall posture.
Welcome to my first blog post. I’m very excited with the creation of the website and to be able to connect & share ideas through this blog.
I thought it would appropriate as a first post is to define and introduce you to Shiatsu and Massage Therapy as a therapeutic healing experience, how I use and incorporate these therapies to help the people who come to see me.
As we progress, each post will build on previous posts and can also be read individually.
Lets begin with definitions.
Massage Therapy is a therapeutic manual therapy which, in Ontario, Canada, is part of the RHPA, the Regulated Health Professions Act. It is a regulated and licensed profession requiring students to complete an extensive 2200 hours of education, training and clinic work allowing them to write and do the written and practical licensing exams. Registered Massage Therapists, RMTs, are trained to help address and resolve soft tissue and physical structure issues. In other words, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.
Massage Therapy can be done through clothing however, for techniques performed directly on the skin a lotion may be used to decrease any drag on the skin.
Various general and advanced “Hands on” manual techniques are applied including: Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, Facial Release, Joint Play, which will all be discussed in more detail in further posts.
Shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure” also known as Acupressure. It is based on the principles of Acupuncture.
In Shiatsu, pressure points, known as Tsubos, are stimulated using pressure. The objective is to assess, find the points which are blocked or weak and then reduce or tonify those points.
For example a blocked point may be indicated by a very tight or “knotted” muscle and a weak point may be soft and frail. Either may be painful in varying degrees of sharpness or broad ache, the type of pain can be indicative of the condition.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, there are 365 Tsubos, bilaterally, split up up into 12 channels, known as Meridians, which are energetically connected to and named by their connecting organ. For example, the Lung Meridian or the Kidney Meridian.
Imagine the body as one big connect the dot puzzle. When you see a Meridian map, it somewhat resembles this.
Overall, the goal is to balance the Tsubos & Meridians resulting in a healthier body overall.
In either Shiatsu or Massage Therapy, a treatment can last for 30, 45, 60, 75 or 90 minutes and the experience can range from mild to intense depending on the condition and tolerance of pressure. The pressure is often described as “deep”, however, a pain scale is established a the beginning of the session and the therapist will check in often with the client.
Although positive results can be generally felt from the first treatment, the treatment effects are cumulative and the number of treatments & frequency will be determined depending on the conditions presented until the next evaluation. Additionally, Nutrition and Exercise are also components to a healthier life.
Going forward, I will give a brief overview of various conditions and how they are treated.
You can achieve a healthier life.
Best in health,