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Carter Chiropractic & Acupuncture Improves Forward Head Posture with Peoria Chiropractic Care and Exercise

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!


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?


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!


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!

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Listen to this PODCAST of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox® Technic treatment!

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!

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

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