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Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Improves Forward Head Posture with Carrolltown Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation speculates that you are feeling most likely one of these things right now: tight jaw, tense shoulders creeping up to your ears, chin tilting down, head jutting 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) refers to as “Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is well-known to most of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable 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 vision or healthy state! Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation can help!


What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when your neck juts 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?


What helps? It may appear that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and focusing on the neck itself only would help most in correcting 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) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation uses Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal issues like this.  Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation makes certain that our Carrolltown chiropractic patients with forward head posture have their thoracic spines treated! Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation also encourages our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, too, by performing the stabilization and other recommended exercises!


A few simple things help enormously. Line up your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch often while participating in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally modify 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 carefully do any neck strengthening exercises your Carrolltown chiropractor suggests. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation will keep the exercises simple so our Carrolltown 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 Carrolltown chiropractic visit at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation bets that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation bets that you stretched your head up, relaxed your shoulders down, and tucked your chin back as soon as you read the first paragraph. The first step of change is noticing that it’s needed!

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

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