Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology guesses that you are experiencing
at least one of these things this very moment:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up toward
your ears, chin tipping 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) calls
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is familiar to most
of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all be part of the cause. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty sight
or healthy position! Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology can help!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage happens when
your neck pushes forward over your first spinal vertebra, C1
(cervical vertebra 1). Each inch forward increases the weight on
your neck by 10 pounds. (2) That adds up! What results? 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 is relieving? It may seem
that since it is a neck issue caring for the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
help most in correcting
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers reported
that this isn’t necessarily the case. They compared neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to
thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization
exercise. They found 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) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal issues
like this. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology makes sure that our Plymouth chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by doing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help a lot. Line up your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch frequently while performing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
alter 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 carefully do
any neck strengthening exercises your Plymouth chiropractor suggests.
Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology will keep the exercises simple
so our Plymouth chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Plymouth chiropractic visit at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology 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 noticing
that it’s needed!