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

April 10, 2018

Johnson Chiropractic guesses that you are feeling most likely one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, tense 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) refers to as “Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is familiar to most all of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen set-up, and stress may all play a part. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty sight or healthy situation! 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 makes it better? It may appear that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and concentrating on the neck itself only would help most in fixing the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed that this isn’t 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 delivered better results. 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 quite effective for spinal issues like this.  Johnson Chiropractic makes sure that our Richmond chiropractic patients with forward head posture have their thoracic spines treated! Johnson Chiropractic also encourages our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, too, by doing the stabilization and other recommended exercises!


A few simple things help a lot. Line up your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch often while performing inactive 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 carefully do any neck strengthening exercises your Richmond chiropractor suggests. 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 supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Johnson Chiropractic guesses 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’s needed!

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