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The Effect of Forward Head Posture and Tension Type Headache on Neck Movement: For Office Worker
J Kor Phys Ther 2018;30(4):108-111
Published online August 31, 2018;
© 2018 The Korea Society of Physical Therapy.

In-Gyun Kim1, Sang-Yeol Lee2

1Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate School of Clinical Pharmacy and Health, Kyung-Sung University, Busan; 2Department of Physical Therapy, Kyung-Sung University, Busan, Korea
Sang-Yeol Lee
Received May 11, 2018; Revised August 2, 2018; Accepted August 9, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distribute under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution,and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Purpose: This study examined the effects of the forward head posture and tension type headache on neck movement among office workers.
Methods: The subjects were 6 male and 21 female patients composed of a forward head posture group, forward head posture group with a tension type headache and a normal group. Each group consisted of 2 males and 7 females. The cranio-vertebral angle of the head and the angle of motion of the neck were measured. SPSS 23.0 was used for data analysis and one-way ANOVA was performed for the mean comparison of the neck movements in the three groups.
Results: The participants had a limitation in the movement of all necks between the forward head posture group and forward head posture with tension type headache group compared to the normal subjects. The forward head posture with tension headache group had limited neck extension and lateral bending compared to the forward head posture group.
Conclusion: Office workers have limitations in the movement of the neck when they are accompanied by forward head posture and tension headache. In particular, when accompanied with a tension headache, there is a restriction on the neck extension and side bending. This study is expected to provide basic data for the relief of tension headache and the treatment of forward head posture in office workers.
Keywords : Cervical range of motion, Tension type headache, Forward head posture

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