Effects of forward head posture (FHP) on forced vital capacity and respiratory muscles activity

A January 2016 research project by the Journal of Physical Therapy Science produced excellent findings supporting the need to assist patients with correction of forward head posture (FHP) and proper breathing technique, for overall better health outcomes with any care plan. Adding corrective posture and breathing exercises may enhance total oxygen uptake and produce better patient outcomes. Providers should take note of cervical-thoracic posture and respiration cycles in all patients, but especially chronic pain patients and those with multiple co-morbid health factors. In addition, recognizing certain occupations as ‘greater risk’ for FHP and shortened inspiration abilities is key to offering these treatment options.