Layden Chiropractic bets that you are feeling
most likely one of these things right now:
tight jaw, tense shoulders creeping up toward
your ears, chin tipping down, head jutting
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Plainville, you’re on your cellphone
doing all of these at the same time!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) refers to as
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is well-known to most
of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all play a part. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image
or healthy situation! Layden Chiropractic can help!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage occurs 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 results? 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 helps? It may seem
that since it is a neck issue caring for the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
help most in resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers demonstrated
that this isn’t 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 delivering thoracic
spine mobilization treatment plus stabilization exercise worked better. Pain, disability, and global rating of change by patients
all improved along with their craniovertebral angle when
standing as well as their cervical extension posture. (3) Layden Chiropractic uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal issues
like this. Layden Chiropractic ensures that our Plainville chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Layden Chiropractic also urges
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, too, by doing the stabilization and
other recommended exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help greatly. Line up your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch regularly while doing sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
modify your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and carefully perform
any neck strengthening exercises your Plainville chiropractor suggests.
Layden Chiropractic will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Plainville chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Layden Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Plainville chiropractic visit at Layden Chiropractic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Layden Chiropractic bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Layden Chiropractic bets 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!