Young Chiropractic guesses that you are experiencing at least one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, stiff shoulders creeping up toward your ears, chin tilting down, head jutting forward on your neck. And if you are anything like the rest of us in Easley, you’re on your cellphone 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 well-known to most of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen set-up, and stress may all play a role. This posture causes our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks. Not a pretty vision or healthy state! Young Chiropractic relieves and improves the condition!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage happens when your neck pushes 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 appear that since it is a neck issue caring for the neck and focusing on the neck itself only would help most in correcting the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed 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 discovered 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) Young Chiropractic uses Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions like this. Young Chiropractic makes sure that our Easley chiropractic patients with forward head posture have their thoracic spines treated! Young Chiropractic also encourages our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their share, too, by performing the stabilization and other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help enormously. Align your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch frequently while performing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally alter your standing posture so you are upright. Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are coming in contact with the wall. Listen and carefully perform any neck strengthening exercises your Easley chiropractor suggests. Young Chiropractic will keep the exercises simple so our Easley 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 Easley chiropractic visit at Young Chiropractic for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Young Chiropractic bets that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Young Chiropractic bets 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 noticing that it’s needed!