Lakeshore Chiropractic bets that you are feeling
most likely one of these things this very moment:
tight jaw, tense shoulders edging up toward
your ears, chin tilting 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) calls
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is familiar to most
of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all be part of the cause. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty sight
or healthy situation! Lakeshore Chiropractic 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 increases 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 is relieving? It may appear
that since it’s a neck issue caring for the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
help most in correcting
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
that this is not really 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 got better along with their craniovertebral angle when
standing as well as their cervical extension posture. (3) Lakeshore Chiropractic uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal issues
like this. Lakeshore Chiropractic ensures that our Two Rivers chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Lakeshore Chiropractic also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by performing the stabilization and
other recommended exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help enormously. Line up your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch frequently while doing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
modify your standing posture so you are upright.
Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and carefully do
any neck strengthening exercises your Two Rivers chiropractor suggests.
Lakeshore Chiropractic will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Two Rivers chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Lakeshore Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Two Rivers chiropractic visit at Lakeshore Chiropractic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Lakeshore Chiropractic bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Lakeshore Chiropractic bets 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 is needed!