Palmer Chiropractic Center Improves Forward Head Posture with Lynchburg Chiropractic Care and Exercise

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!


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?


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!


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!

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

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!

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

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