Chiropractic Care bets that you are experiencing
most likely one of these things right now:
tight jaw, tense shoulders edging up to
your ears, chin tipping down, head jutting
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Chicago, you’re on your cellphone
doing all of these at once!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) refers to as
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is well-known to many of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all be part of the cause. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty sight
or healthy state! Chiropractic Care can help!
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 boosts 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 makes it better? It may seem
that since it’s a neck issue caring for the neck and
directing care to the neck itself only would
help most in fixing
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers demonstrated
that this is not really 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 worked better. Pain, disability, and global rating of change by patients
all got better along with their craniovertebral angle when
standing as well as their cervical extension posture. (3) Chiropractic Care uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Chiropractic Care ensures that our Chicago chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Chiropractic Care also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by doing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help enormously. Line up your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch often while doing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
modify your standing posture so you are upright.
Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are
coming in contact with the wall. Listen and vigilantly perform
any neck strengthening exercises your Chicago chiropractor recommends.
Chiropractic Care will keep the exercises simple
so our Chicago chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Chiropractic Care
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of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Chicago chiropractic visit at Chiropractic Care
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Chiropractic Care supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Chiropractic Care guesses 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!