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Manahawkin Chiropractic Center Improves Forward Head Posture with Manahawkin Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Manahawkin Chiropractic Center speculates that you are experiencing most likely one of these things right now: tight jaw, tense shoulders edging up to your ears, chin tipping down, head protruding forward on your neck.  And if you are anything like the rest of us in Manahawkin, you’re on your cellphone doing all of these at the same time! Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) refers to as “Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is familiar to many of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen set-up, and stress may all contribute. This posture causes our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty image or healthy state! Manahawkin Chiropractic Center relieves and improves the condition!


What is it? Forward head carriage happens 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 helps? It may appear 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 reported that this isn’t really the case. They compared neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise. They found that delivering 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) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center uses Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions like this.  Manahawkin Chiropractic Center makes certain that our Manahawkin chiropractic patients with forward head posture have their thoracic spines treated! Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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 enormously. Line up your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch often while doing sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally alter your standing posture so you are straight. Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and carefully perform any neck strengthening exercises your Manahawkin chiropractor suggests. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center will make sure the exercises are simple so our Manahawkin chiropractic patients will do them!

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

Schedule a Manahawkin chiropractic visit at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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 noticing that it is needed!

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

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