Palmer Chiropractic Center 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 projecting
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Lynchburg, you’re on your cellphone
doing all of these at once!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) refers to as
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is familiar to most all of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all contribute. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty vision
or healthy position! Palmer Chiropractic Center helps!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage happens 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 is relieving? It may seem
that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and
concentrating on the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers reported
that this is not really 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 worked better. 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) Palmer Chiropractic Center uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Palmer Chiropractic Center makes sure that our Lynchburg chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Palmer Chiropractic Center also urges
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, 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 eye level. Stretch regularly while participating
in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
alter your standing posture so you are upright.
Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are
coming in contact with the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your Lynchburg chiropractor suggests.
Palmer Chiropractic Center will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Lynchburg chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Palmer Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Lynchburg chiropractic visit at Palmer Chiropractic Center
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Palmer Chiropractic Center supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Palmer Chiropractic Center 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 recognizing
that it is needed!