In my last video, we talked about how stress can affect our breathing patterns. In this video I’m going to address a common postural problem that can have a major impact on your breathing pattern – forward head posture.

Forward head posture has become so prevalent, in part because of our lifestyle – people working at desks, children playing video games, or simply prolonged poor posture. However it happens, there are major health consequences that go hand-in-hand with forward head posture. They include back pack, neck pain, restriction of your breathing, osteoporitic fractures, an associating with asthma, headaches, and it can even contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

To counteract these challenges, here are three simple stretches that can help you to alleviate forward head posture.

Remember to be gentle when you’re performing these stretches. Your neck muscles are delicate and you will see plenty of results simply by performing the stretches gently.

If you have any questions about forward head posture or these stretches, please post them below.

Good chi and better breathing to you!

Ashley Mazurek

Ashley is a go-to exercise expert at the C.H.E.K Institute.

She draws on 18 years of experience in the Fitness Industry, training as a C.H.E.K Practitioner Level 4 and HLC 3, and her personal experience as a nationally ranked triathlete to coach her clients to optimal performance and health.
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