Apple Country Chiropractic speculates that you are feeling
at least one of these things this very moment:
tight jaw, tense shoulders creeping up to
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) refers to as
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is common to most all 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 position! Apple Country Chiropractic can help!
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 helps? It may seem
that since it is a neck issue caring for the neck and
focusing on 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 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) Apple Country Chiropractic uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Apple Country Chiropractic makes
certain that our Williamson chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Apple Country Chiropractic also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by performing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help enormously. Align your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch regularly while participating
in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
correct your standing posture so you are upright.
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 Williamson chiropractor suggests.
Apple Country Chiropractic will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Williamson chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Williamson chiropractic visit at Apple Country Chiropractic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Apple Country Chiropractic supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Apple Country Chiropractic guesses 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 is needed!