Pflugerville Wellness Center guesses that you are feeling
most likely one of these things right now:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders creeping up toward
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 the same time!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) refers to as
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is common to most
of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all play a part. This posture causes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty vision
or healthy situation! Pflugerville Wellness Center relieves
and improves the condition!
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 makes it better? It may appear
that since it is a neck issue treating the neck and
directing care to 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 compared 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 improved along with their craniovertebral angle when
standing as well as their cervical extension posture. (3) Pflugerville Wellness Center uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal issues
like this. Pflugerville Wellness Center makes sure that our Pflugerville chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Pflugerville Wellness Center also encourages
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 eye level. Stretch regularly while participating
in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
adjust your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are
coming in contact with the wall. Listen and carefully do
any neck strengthening exercises your Pflugerville chiropractor recommends.
Pflugerville Wellness Center will keep the exercises simple
so our Pflugerville chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Pflugerville Wellness Center
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Pflugerville chiropractic visit at Pflugerville Wellness Center
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Pflugerville Wellness Center supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Pflugerville Wellness Center 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 recognizing
that it’s needed!