Cross Chiropractic Center guesses that you are feeling
most likely one of these things right now:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up toward
your ears, chin tipping down, head protruding
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Sandy Springs, 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 many of us. Cell phone use, improper 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 situation! Cross Chiropractic Center can help!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when
your neck pushes 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 makes it better? It may appear
that since it is a neck issue caring for the neck and
directing care to the neck itself only would
help most in resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
that this isn’t necessarily the case. They compared neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to
thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization
exercise. They discovered that delivering 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) Cross Chiropractic Center uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal conditions
like this. Cross Chiropractic Center makes sure that our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Cross Chiropractic Center also urges
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, too, by doing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help a great
deal. Align your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch frequently while performing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
adjust your standing posture so you are upright.
Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are
coming in contact with the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your Sandy Springs chiropractor recommends.
Cross Chiropractic Center will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Sandy Springs chiropractic visit at Cross Chiropractic Center
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Cross Chiropractic Center supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Cross Chiropractic Center 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 is needed!