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Johnson Chiropractic Improves Forward Head Posture with Richmond Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Johnson Chiropractic speculates that you are feeling most likely one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up to your ears, chin tipping down, head jutting forward on your neck.  And if you are anything like the rest of us in Richmond, you’re on your cellphone 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 most all of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen set-up, and stress may all be part of the cause. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty sight or healthy state! Johnson Chiropractic relieves and improves the condition!


What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when your neck juts 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 results? 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’s 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 showed that this is not really 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 worked better. Pain, disability, and global rating of change by patients all improved along with their craniovertebral angle when standing as well as their cervical extension posture. (3) Johnson Chiropractic uses Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal conditions like this.  Johnson Chiropractic makes certain that our Richmond chiropractic patients with forward head posture have their thoracic spines treated! Johnson Chiropractic also urges our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, too, by doing the stabilization and other suggested exercises!


A few simple things help greatly. Align your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch regularly while doing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally adjust your standing posture so you are upright. Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and carefully do any neck strengthening exercises your Richmond chiropractor recommends. Johnson Chiropractic will keep the exercises simple so our Richmond 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 Richmond chiropractic visit at Johnson Chiropractic for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Johnson Chiropractic bets that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Johnson 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 recognizing that it’s needed!

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

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