OrthoIllinois Chiropractic bets 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 projecting
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 common to many of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all play a part. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty vision
or healthy state! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic 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
directing care to the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers demonstrated
that this is not necessarily the case. They compared neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to
thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization
exercise. They discovered 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) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic ensures that our McHenry chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, too, by performing the stabilization and
other recommended exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help greatly. Align your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch often while doing sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
alter 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 McHenry chiropractor suggests.
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic will make sure the exercises are simple
so our McHenry chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a McHenry chiropractic visit at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic guesses 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 is needed!