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Soft Health and Healing Clinic Improves Forward Head Posture with Brooks Chiropractic Care and Exercise

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 on your cellphone reading this, you are likely 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!


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?


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 urges our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, too, by performing the stabilization and other suggested exercises!


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!

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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 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!

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

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