Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville speculates that you are experiencing
at least one of these things right now:
tight jaw, tense shoulders creeping 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 once!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) refers to as
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is common to most
of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all contribute. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image
or healthy situation! Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville relieves
and improves the condition!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when
your neck pushes forward over your first spinal vertebra, C1
(cervical vertebra 1). Each inch forward boosts 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 makes it better? It may seem
that since it is a neck issue treating the neck and
concentrating on the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward fixing
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers reported
that this isn’t 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 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) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal conditions
like this. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville makes
certain that our St. Francisville chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville 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 lot. Align your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch often while participating
in inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
correct your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are
coming in contact with the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your St. Francisville chiropractor recommends.
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville will keep the exercises simple
so our St. Francisville chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
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Schedule a St. Francisville chiropractic visit at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville 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!