Wilson Family Chiropractic guesses that you are feeling
most likely one of these things this very moment:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders creeping up toward
your ears, chin tilting down, head projecting
forward on your neck. And if you are on your
cellphone reading this, you are likely doing all of these at once!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) calls
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is well-known to most
of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all play a part. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image
or healthy position! Wilson Family Chiropractic helps!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage happens when
your neck juts forward over your first spinal vertebra, C1
(cervical vertebra 1). Each inch forward boosts the weight on
your neck by 10 pounds. (2) That adds up! What follows? 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 helps? It may appear
that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and
directing care to the neck itself only would
help most in correcting
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers demonstrated
that this isn’t necessarily the case. They compared neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to
thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization
exercise. They found 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) Wilson Family Chiropractic uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions
like this. Wilson Family Chiropractic makes sure that our Millville chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Wilson Family Chiropractic also urges
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. Line up your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch regularly while participating
in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
correct your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and carefully perform
any neck strengthening exercises your Millville chiropractor recommends.
Wilson Family Chiropractic will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Millville chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Wilson Family Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Millville chiropractic visit at Wilson Family Chiropractic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Wilson Family Chiropractic supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Wilson Family Chiropractic guesses that you stretched your head up, relaxed
your shoulders down, and tucked your chin back the moment you
read the first paragraph. The first step of change is noticing
that it’s needed!