Soft Health and Healing Clinic guesses that you are feeling
at least one of these things right now:
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 Brooks, 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, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all play a
role. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image
or healthy position! Soft Health and Healing Clinic helps!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when
your neck juts 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 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
focusing on the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward fixing
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
that this isn’t 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 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions
like this. Soft Health and Healing Clinic makes sure that our Brooks chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Soft Health and Healing Clinic also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by performing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help a great
deal. Line up your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch regularly while doing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
modify your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your Brooks chiropractor recommends.
Soft Health and Healing Clinic will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Brooks chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Brooks chiropractic visit at Soft Health and Healing Clinic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Soft Health and Healing Clinic supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Soft Health and Healing Clinic 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!