Minster Chiropractic Center Improves Forward Head Posture with Minster Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Minster Chiropractic Center speculates that you are experiencing most likely one of these things right now: tight jaw, tense shoulders creeping up toward your ears, chin tilting down, head jutting forward on your neck.  And if you are anything like the rest of us in Minster, you’re on your cellphone 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 familiar to many of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen set-up, and stress may all play a role. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty image or healthy position! Minster Chiropractic Center relieves and improves the condition!


What is it? Forward head carriage happens when your neck pushes 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?


What is relieving? It may appear that since it is a neck issue treating the neck and concentrating on the neck itself only would help most in correcting the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers demonstrated that this is not 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 found that using 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) Minster Chiropractic Center uses Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions like this.  Minster Chiropractic Center makes certain that our Minster chiropractic patients with forward head posture get their thoracic spines treated! Minster Chiropractic Center also urges our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, too, by performing the stabilization and other recommended exercises!


A few simple things help enormously. Line up your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch frequently while doing sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously alter your standing posture so you are straight. Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are coming in contact with the wall. Listen and carefully do any neck strengthening exercises your Minster chiropractor suggests. Minster Chiropractic Center will keep the exercises simple so our Minster 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 spinal manipulation!

Schedule a Minster chiropractic visit at Minster Chiropractic Center for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Minster Chiropractic Center bets that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Minster Chiropractic Center 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 recognizing that it is needed!

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

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