Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 24792
  Title Forward head posture and decreased lordotic curvature of the cervical spine: The potential sequelae of abnormal alignment
Journal Ann Vert Sublux Res. 2016 Winter;2016(1):Online access only p 21-24
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article

Objective: The purpose of this review is to identify and discuss potential pathological conditions secondary to forward head posture and decreased lordotic curve of the cervical spine.

Discussion: Forward head posture and a decreased cervical curve affect the biomechanics of the spine. This can accelerate cervical spine degeneration, contribute to cervical myelopathy, affect proprioception, and contribute to neurodegenerative diseases. There are physiological mechanisms that can explain these phenomenon and this review examines them.

Conclusion: Forward head posture and a decrease in cervical lordosis may play a role in numerous pathologies by altering biomechanics.

Author keywords: Forward head posture, cervical spine, lordosis, kyphosis, vertebral subluxation

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