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Vancouver Disc Centers Improves Forward Head Posture with Vancouver Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Vancouver Disc Centers guesses that you are experiencing at least one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, tense shoulders edging up to your ears, chin tilting down, head jutting 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) calls “Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is well-known to many of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen set-up, and stress may all be part of the cause. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty sight or healthy position! Vancouver Disc Centers 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 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 is a neck issue treating the neck and concentrating on the neck itself only would have the greatest impact toward fixing the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers reported that this is not necessarily 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 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) Vancouver Disc Centers uses Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal conditions like this.  Vancouver Disc Centers makes sure that our Vancouver chiropractic patients with forward head posture get their thoracic spines treated! Vancouver Disc Centers also urges 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 enormously. Line up your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch often while doing sedentary 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 Vancouver chiropractor recommends. Vancouver Disc Centers will keep the exercises simple so our Vancouver 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 Vancouver chiropractic visit at Vancouver Disc Centers for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Vancouver Disc Centers supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Vancouver Disc Centers guesses 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!

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

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