This weekend I share with you an easy move to restore the correct cervical curvature of the neck and more. Exercises like the Cervical Curve Normalizer have been scientifically proven to correct FHP, or Forward Head Posture, which is a significant contributor to kyphosis (Dowager’s Hump).
Avoiding and preventing kyphosis is not the only reason to cultivate good posture and correct spinal curves. There are some surprising benefits to proper posture that I’m thrilled to share with you in this post.
Let’s start with some of the reasons why it’s important to have a healthy cervical curve.
The human head is surprisingly heavy (it weighs about 10 pounds). If you practice poor postural habits, which is easy to do in this day and age of hunkering down over electronic devices, and you don’t take steps to preserve the curve of your neck, the cervical vertebrae press closer together. They may even rub together, causing pain and tightness in the neck. Compressed vertebrae may even fuse, greatly inhibiting your neck’s range of motion, causing stiffness and pain.
This restricted range of motion can not only be a literal pain in the neck, but it can cause painful tingling sensations and weakness in your arms and hands. And the misalignment can lead to abnormal wear on the vertebral joints, setting the stage for arthritis.
Also, when your head is poked forward and down, as in FHP, your upper and lower back have to compensate for the skewed curve (or rather lack of a curve) in your neck. This can, of course, cause pain and discomfort in both areas of the back, and contribute to hunched, rounded thoracic vertebrae, a decreased curve in the lumbar vertebrae, and rounded shoulders.
Neck Exercises Improve Cervical Curve (Lordosis), Study Shows
Researchers performed a comprehensive evaluation of 131 chiropractic patients, ranging in age from 11 to 92, in the US, Canada, and Russia. The angle of each patient’s cervical curve was measured before any treatment was undertaken, and then measured and evaluated again after undergoing a particular set of neck exercises.
Amazingly, after just one exercise session, participants showed significant improvement in cervical lordosis, with a mean percentage of 58% improvement in cervical curve.1
“An important and pertinent finding from this study was that the changes in the cervical curve and forward head posture were produced within five minutes without any other therapeutic intervention”1 other than the exercises given to the participants.
While the participants in the study used a weight on the forehead, the principle is the same: exercises to restore the cervical curve had immediate results.
So with the Cervical Curve Normalizer you can take immediate action to restore and align the vertebrae in your neck.
You’ll need an ordinary hand towel or a thin bath towel.
- Place the towel behind your neck.
- Bring the two ends of the towel forward over your shoulders and pull the towel forward slightly.
- As you gently pull the towel forward, nod your head up and down slowly. Lean your head back into the towel so you’re doing a “big” nod.
- Repeat this nodding action about 20 times.
To round out your targeted exercises for this area, try following the Cervical Curve Normalizer with another Weekend Challenge, the Thoracic Spine Strengthener, which works the upper back to help postural alignment.
Posture Is About More Than Just Looking Good
How you hold your head, shoulders, and spine has a tremendous amount of influence on your health. Of course, as Savers know, aligned bones receive weight-bearing and resistance stress in the right places, stimulating growth and strength. And you’re also aware of how posture improves appearance, energy levels, and fosters confidence. But you may not be aware of other seldom-mentioned ways that posture affects your health.
Here are just some of the positive functions proper posture plays in your overall health.
- Arthritis prevention is of significant importance as we age. As noted above, keeping joints aligned prevents the onset of arthritis.
- Correcting your posture throughout the day provides some subtle but effective toning exercises for your back and abdominal muscles. After all, holding a good postural stance involves pulling your tummy in slightly, tucking in your rear, holding your shoulders back, and keeping your head up. That’s all accomplished by working your muscles.
- Good posture promotes healthy nerve function by relieving muscle tension and freeing up any pinched or compressed nerves.
- Breathing is greatly enhanced by proper posture. Your lungs are not pressed down, your chest is open, and your midriff is not compressed. Deep breathing is an important aspect of alkalizing the body, so this is no small perk of good posture.
- Your bones, muscles, and joints will be relieved of the strain, pressure, and tightness that can occur with postural misalignment and FHP, preventing pain and discomfort.
- You’ll feel more confident and positive, because the data shows that those who walk with a confident, head-up gait actually have more positive thoughts and improved mood. So good posture actually makes you happier!
As you can see, there’s a lot more to good posture than just appearance. Exercises that correct posture, like the Cervical Curve Normalizer, have tangible benefits that go beyond bone health.
Postural Exercises Are Included In Densercise™
Just as postural exercises offer much more than alignment of the spine, the Densercise™ Epidensity Training System offers more than just targeted, density-building moves. All of the benefits of exercise are yours with Densercise™, such as improved cardiovascular health, stabilized blood sugar, healthy weight, and much more.
And you don’t need expensive, specialized equipment with Densercise™. You can “Densercise” in your own home, indoors or out, in all seasons. It takes just 15 minutes a day, three times a week, and to accelerate your results, you can vary your “Densercises” with Weekend Challenges.
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Have a great weekend!
1 Saunders, E., Stephen, D.C., et al. “Improvement of Cervical Lordosis and Reduction of Forward Head Posture with Anterior Head Weighting and Proprioceptive Balancing Protocols.” J. Vertebral Subluxation Res. April 27, 2003. PDF. https://posturecrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Research-study.pdf