Spine & Sports Rehab Center bets that you are feeling
at least one of these things right now:
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!
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 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 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!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
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!
CONTACT Spine & Sports Rehab Center
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!