Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation speculates that you are feeling
at least 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!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
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?
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE HELPED
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!
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 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 touching 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!
CONTACT Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
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!