The makers of expensive cars have noticed that in the population, forward head carriage is quite prevalent and now, they are making their head rests with the rest forward of the seat which in their mind is helping the buyers of their cars to suffer less injury.
However, they are in actuality causing them to have problems.
Forward head carriage has been scientifically proved to contribute to tension headaches, pins and needles in the hands, neck pain, mid thorasic pain, lower back pain, shoulder pain, dizziness and the list goes on.
Consequently I have had more people appearing to my office suffering these sorts of symptoms after having long drives in their nice new cars.
So what do you do?
We should drive with our seats in an upright position and the headrest level with the top of the car seat. Your head should be touching the rest in this position. Try and achieve this with your car, and if you are looking to buy a new car, make sure this can be achieved with the new car. If you can’t achieve this with your current car, contact your dealer – DON’T REMOVE THE HEADREST ENTIRELY – this would cause you severe damage should you be involved in an accident.