Mandeville Chiropractic guesses that you are experiencing
at least one of these things this very moment:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up to
your ears, chin tilting down, head protruding
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) refers to as
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is well-known to many of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all be part of the cause. This posture causes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image
or healthy situation! Mandeville Chiropractic relieves
and improves the condition!
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 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 makes it better? It may appear
that since it is a neck issue treating the neck and
directing care to the neck itself only would
help most in fixing
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers demonstrated
that this is not necessarily the case. They compared neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to
thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization
exercise. They found 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) Mandeville Chiropractic uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions
like this. Mandeville Chiropractic makes sure that our Mandeville chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Mandeville Chiropractic 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 lot. Align your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch regularly while participating
in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
modify your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are
coming in contact with the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your Mandeville chiropractor suggests.
Mandeville Chiropractic will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Mandeville chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Mandeville Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Mandeville chiropractic visit at Mandeville Chiropractic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Mandeville Chiropractic bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Mandeville Chiropractic bets that you stretched your head up, relaxed
your shoulders down, and tucked your chin back as soon as you
read the first paragraph. The first step of change is noticing
that it’s needed!