Spinal Care Clinic guesses that you are experiencing
most likely one of these things right now:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up to
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 the same time!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) calls
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is well-known to most all of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all play a
role. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image
or healthy situation! Spinal Care Clinic 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 is relieving? It may appear
that since it is a neck issue treating the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
help most in correcting
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers reported
that this isn’t 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 using 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) Spinal Care Clinic uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Spinal Care Clinic makes sure that our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Spinal Care Clinic also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, too, by performing the stabilization and
other recommended exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help a great
deal. Line up your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch regularly while performing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
adjust your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and vigilantly perform
any neck strengthening exercises your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor recommends.
Spinal Care Clinic will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic visit at Spinal Care Clinic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Spinal Care Clinic supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Spinal Care Clinic 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!