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 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 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!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
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?
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE HELPED
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
have 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!
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 sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
alter your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching 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!
CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center
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!