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 most all 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!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
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?
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE HELPED
What helps? It may appear
that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and
directing care to 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 necessarily 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 encourages
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 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!
CONTACT Manahawkin Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
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!