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 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 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!
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 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?
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE HELPED
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!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
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!
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
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!