Forward head rest posture effects the rest of the body.

MORE THAN FACIAL PAIN

Treating The Body As One-Whole-Unit

The body, in its entirety, is connected to and can be affected by movement patterns in the orofacial complex. This means that for the best possible outcomes we also assess and help correct postural issues.


The majority of forward head posture concerns can stem from orofacial dysfunctions, such as low tongue tone and tongue tie that can be restricted by dysfunctional fascia. The dysfunctional fascia can be addressed and possibly corrected with bodywork and myofunctional therapy.

Low tongue tone and forward head posture give rise to mouth breathing and a CO2 / O2 imbalance. Therefore we intertwine breath work into our fully comprehensive treatment plans. 

 

WHAT OUR CLIENTS NEED FROM HEAD TO TOE

Connecting The Dots

Forward head rest posture an habitual neck posture that can lead to a painful shortening of the muscles of the back of the neck, as well as compression of the cervical spine.

Due to the increased compressive forces through the neck joints and increased muscle tension, pain is the common outcome. Some of the types of problems associated with poor headrest posture are:

  • Headaches

  • Neck discomfort

  • Muscle tension in the neck and shoulders

  • Discomfort in the mid-back

  • Chest pain

  • Pain, pins & needles, and numbness in the arms and hands

Many people develop chronic or recurrent problems because they receive treatment for the pain (e.g. pain killers or anti-inflammatory medication) but never receive treatment for the underlying cause of forward head rest posture, in which that is poor oral rest posture.


  • Poor oral rest posture causes the head to increase compressive loading on tissues in the cervical spine, particularly the facet joints and ligaments as the tongue pulls the head forward when it is in a low tone position.

  • Studies have reported that symptoms including neck pain, headache, TMJ pain, and musculoskeletal disorders are related to forward head rest posture.

  • Forward head rest posture greatly influences respiratory function by weakening the respiratory muscles.

  • Forward head and round-shoulder postures can result in shoulder pain and dysfunction because of altered scapular kinematics and muscle activity and consequently, placing increased stress on the shoulder.

  • Other faulty postures like pelvic and lumbar spine posture.

  • Sleeping with the head elevated too high.

  • Poor posture maintained for long durations.

  • Lack of development of back muscle strength.

If you have struggled with any of the above symptoms, About Face is a great place to start when it comes to your overall health and wellness. We are connected through a network of providers all looking at our clients from the same perspective. Whole Body Health. 

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POSTURAL ASSESSMENTS

The Jaw Bone is Connected To The Hip Bone

Although we specialize in the Head, Neck, Jaws & Face, here at About Face, we would be doing a disservice if this is all we looked at when it comes to a full overall assessment of your health. As a Dental Hygienist and Myofunctional therapist, Rebecka is trained to look at how the body is connected systemically to the mouth. It is no different in massage therapy except now Rebecka can help do more about it. With us our clients will know they are in the best hands when it comes to looking at them as a whole functioning unit. Rebecka tries to connect medicine and dentistry and fill in the holes where modern medicine is failing.

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THE LINK BETWEEN THE HIPS & THE JAW

If one is out of position, there's an extremely good chance the other is as well. If you experience jaw pain it sometimes could be a symptom of misalignment in the hips and/or pelvis. By correcting the misalignment in your hips it should naturally ease jaw pain. In some instances, Rebecka would refer the client to a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or other healthcare provider if the circumstance is moderate to severe.