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Spinal Care Clinic Improves Forward Head Posture with Burlington and Hamilton Chiropractic Care and Exercise

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!


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?


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!


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 upright. 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!

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

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!

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

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