Home-based Exercise Program for Forward Head Posture

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
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Effectiveness
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Safety
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Forward Head Posture
Home-based Exercise Program - Other
Eligibility
65+
All Sexes
Eligible conditions
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Study Summary

Effect of Postural Realignment on Postural Stability and Visual Reliance in Older Adults

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Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Home-based Exercise Program will improve 6 primary outcomes and 1 secondary outcome in patients with Forward Head Posture. Measurement will happen over the course of AROM will be measured twice (pre vs post-intervention) and each time will take approximately 5 minutes.

20-25 minutes
Post-Intervention Structured Interview
ABC-6 will be conducted twice (pre vs post-intervention) and each time will take approximately 5 minutes.
Change in Balance Confidence
AROM will be measured twice (pre vs post-intervention) and each time will take approximately 5 minutes
Change in Active Cervical Spine Range of Motion (AROM)
FHA will be measured twice (pre vs post-intervention) and each time will take approximately 13 minutes.
Change in Forward Head Angle (FHA)
FSA will be measured twice (pre vs post-intervention) and each time will take approximately 13 minutes.
Change in Forward Shoulder Angle (FSA)
JPE will be measured twice (pre vs post-intervention) and each time will take approximately 25-30 minutes.
Change in Cervical Joint Position Error (JPE)
Postural stability will be measured twice (pre vs post-intervention) and each time will take approximately 25 minutes
Change in Postural Stability

Trial Safety

Trial Design

1 Treatment Group

Single group
1 of 1
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 50 total participants across 1 different treatment group

This trial involves a single treatment. Home-based Exercise Program is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Single group
Other
The study will include one group and each participant will perform home-based exercise for 8-weeks.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: jpe will be measured twice (pre vs post-intervention) and each time will take approximately 25-30 minutes.
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly jpe will be measured twice (pre vs post-intervention) and each time will take approximately 25-30 minutes. for reporting.

Closest Location

Loma Linda University - Loma Linda, CA

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 65 and older. There are 5 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Older adults aged 65-74 years with forward head posture (FHP)
Live independently
No use of assistive devices for ambulation
Have interest in correcting misaligned posture
Normal Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q+)

Patient Q&A Section

What are common treatments for forward head posture?

"People suffering from forward head posture have a higher risk of developing temporomandibular disorders and have a high subjective pain score. No treatment is given because the cause is unknown." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is forward head posture?

"It can be concluded that forward head curvature is an important feature of adult spine and that it affects head muscle movement and head pain perception during general postures, and is related to the subjective and objective head complaints reported in this study. It was also shown that increased forward head curvature correlates with abnormal postural behaviour. Finally, abnormal head postures during a standard posturography test may increase the possibility of neck pain." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes forward head posture?

"Forward head posture may have contributing factors including gender, height, and spinal deformity. Furthermore, there is evidence that neck mobility can be augmented by head extension exercises." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of forward head posture?

"A low back can be a signal that the spine can slip posteriorly causing a forward head posture, particularly with the head tilted forwards when sitting down or lying on the back. In this position there is increased intra-abdominal pressure and increased intra-thoracic pressure and gravitational traction on the back. Forward head posture leads to increased intracranial pressure, cerebral venous congestion and a compressive effect on the posterior cranial fossa." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can forward head posture be cured?

"Backwards head postures may be cured only by changing the head's attitude to the trunk. The most common way of making the transition is to bring the head forwards, then gradually move the head back." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get forward head posture a year in the United States?

"Frequent forward head posture is very common, affecting between 75% and 84% of young adults and has an impact on the overall quality of life. It is more common in females and with decreasing socioeconomic status. Further study is needed to determine if there is an association between postural habits and health complaints." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the common side effects of home-based exercise program?

"Based on the observations from the present study, we conclude that exercise program can be beneficial in decreasing the risk of developing CHDs, improving cardiovascular fitness, preventing or managing common complaints in elderly." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is home-based exercise program safe for people?

"We can provide an exercise program that is safe for patients even for people with very severe COPD. The program may improve their quality of life." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does home-based exercise program improve quality of life for those with forward head posture?

"HOPE could help those with FAHP to improve their QoL. A home-based exercise program may be a potential intervention when there are no exercise or fitness resources at home." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the primary cause of forward head posture?

"Forward head posture may be caused by abnormal head movement, neck stiffness, increased intracranial pressure, or a combination of factors. These factors may be modifiable by adjusting the head position." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is home-based exercise program typically used in combination with any other treatments?

"Home-based exercise program in combination with any other treatments has the potential of relieving pain in the early phase of treatment. Further investigation is warranted to confirm whether this treatment approach is feasible and what other conditions should be included in this program." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does forward head posture run in families?

"Although the family history suggests a general pattern of higher-trait expression as the family members ages, the data do not support a causal role for genetics in the development of the forward head posture." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
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