Poor posture is caused by many different things. The three main categories are:
LIFESTYLE – LONG TERM USE OF TECHNOLOGICAL DEVICES
Lifestyle factors are the largest contributor to FHP. New technologies and modern society have evolved our lifestyles, but not our bodies. Extended computer use has emerged as a major cause, and is likely responsible for the rapid growth of FHP over the past 10 years.
Laptops are almost 10 times more commonly used today than desktop computers. While desktop workstations traditionally have ergonomically-sound set-ups, laptops tend to be used in positions that aggravate FHP, accelerating its progression.
Add to this the excessive use of BlackBerries, handheld gaming devices and cellular phones, not to mention heavy backpacks, and it’s no wonder young people are the fastest-growing group of neck pain sufferers. Extended periods of driving or experiencing stress while driving are also major causes of FHP.
INJURY – SPORTS, CAR ACCIDENTS, FALLS
Sports-related injuries, motor vehicle accident injuries such as whiplash, and injuries caused by slips and falls can all lead to FHP. FHP can be an adaptive posture assumed during the acute pain period following injury, that remains even after the problem has healed.
HEREDITY – SCOLIOSIS, OSTEOPEROSIS, DOWAGER`S HUMP
Certain conditions such as scoliosis, osteoporosis, dowager’s hump, and hyperkyphosis are all postural problems that tend to be inherited. Depending on age and stage of degeneration, many of these conditions still respond to treatment and can be completely corrected.