Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic Improves Forward Head Posture with Eugene Chiropractic Care and Exercise

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!


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?


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 urges our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, too, by doing the stabilization and other suggested exercises!


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!

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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!

Eugene chiropractic treatment of forward head carriage is two-fold: manipulation and exercise.

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