Chiropractic Associates bets that you are feeling
at least one of these things right now:
tight jaw, tense shoulders edging up toward
your ears, chin tilting down, head protruding
forward on your neck. And if you are on your
cellphone reading this, you are likely doing all of these at the same time!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) calls
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is common to many of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all contribute. This posture causes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image
or healthy position! Chiropractic Associates helps!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when
your neck juts forward over your first spinal vertebra, C1
(cervical vertebra 1). Each inch forward increases the weight on
your neck by 10 pounds. (2) That adds up! What results? Neck
pain. Shoulder stiffness. Pain between the shoulders. Fatigue. Headache. Arm pain. Jaw pain. Do you feel it?
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE HELPED
What is relieving? It may seem
that since it’s a neck issue caring for the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers reported
that this is not necessarily the case. They evaluated
the results of neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to
thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization
exercise. They discovered that delivering thoracic
spine mobilization treatment plus stabilization exercise delivered
better results. Pain, disability, and global rating of change by patients
all improved along with their craniovertebral angle when
standing as well as their cervical extension posture. (3) Chiropractic Associates uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Chiropractic Associates ensures that our Preston chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Chiropractic Associates also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, too, by doing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help a lot. Align your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch often while participating
in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
alter your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your Preston chiropractor recommends.
Chiropractic Associates will keep the exercises simple
so our Preston chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Chiropractic Associates
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Preston chiropractic visit at Chiropractic Associates
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Chiropractic Associates bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Chiropractic Associates bets that you stretched your head up, relaxed
your shoulders down, and tucked your chin back as soon as you
read the first paragraph. The first step of change is recognizing
that it’s needed!