Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic speculates that you are experiencing
most likely one of these things this very moment:
tight jaw, tense shoulders creeping up toward
your ears, chin tilting down, head protruding
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Eugene, 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 most
of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all contribute. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image
or healthy position! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic helps!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage happens 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 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 is relieving? It may seem
that since it’s a neck issue caring for the neck and
directing care to the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
that this isn’t really the case. They compared neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to
thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization
exercise. They found 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic makes
certain that our Eugene chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by doing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help a lot. Line up your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch often while participating
in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
modify 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 perform
any neck strengthening exercises your Eugene chiropractor suggests.
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic will keep the exercises simple
so our Eugene chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Eugene chiropractic visit at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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 recognizing
that it’s needed!