Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture guesses that you are feeling
most likely one of these things right now:
tight jaw, tense 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 the same time!
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 play a part. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty sight
or healthy position! Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture 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 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 is relieving? It may seem
that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and
concentrating on the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
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 found 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) Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture makes sure that our Peoria chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture also urges
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by doing the stabilization and
other recommended exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help a great
deal. Line up your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch regularly while participating
in inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
adjust 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 perform
any neck strengthening exercises your Peoria chiropractor suggests.
Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture will keep the exercises simple
so our Peoria chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Peoria chiropractic visit at Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture bets 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 noticing
that it is needed!