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OrthoIllinois Chiropractic Improves Forward Head Posture with McHenry Chiropractic Care and Exercise

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!


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?


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!


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!

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Listen to this PODCAST of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox® Technic treatment!

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!

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

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