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!
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 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 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!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
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!
CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers
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!