Spine & Sports Rehab Center Improves Forward Head Posture with Baton Rouge Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Spine & Sports Rehab Center bets that you are feeling at least one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, tense shoulders edging 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) calls “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 causes our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty vision or healthy position! Spine & Sports Rehab Center can help!


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 results? Neck pain. Shoulder stiffness. Pain between the shoulders.  Fatigue. Headache. Arm pain. Jaw pain. Do you feel it?


What helps? It may seem that since it is a neck issue caring for 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 showed that this is not really the case. They compared 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 delivered better results. 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) Spine & Sports Rehab Center uses Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions like this.  Spine & Sports Rehab Center ensures that our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients with forward head posture have their thoracic spines treated! Spine & Sports Rehab Center also encourages our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, too, by performing the stabilization and other recommended exercises!


A few simple things help greatly. Line up your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch often while doing sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously correct 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 Baton Rouge chiropractor suggests. Spine & Sports Rehab Center will keep the exercises simple so our Baton Rouge 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 spinal manipulation!

Schedule a Baton Rouge chiropractic visit at Spine & Sports Rehab Center for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Spine & Sports Rehab Center bets that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Spine & Sports Rehab Center bets 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 is needed!

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

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