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Chiropractic Care Improves Forward Head Posture with Chicago Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Chiropractic Care guesses 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 on your cellphone reading this, you are likely 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 pushes 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 isn’t really the case. They compared 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 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 gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues like this.  Chiropractic Care makes sure 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 straight. 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!

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Listen to this PODCAST of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox® Technic treatment!

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!

Chicago chiropractic treatment of forward head carriage is two-fold: manipulation and exercise.

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