Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. speculates that you are feeling
at least one of these things right now:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders creeping up toward
your ears, chin tipping down, head projecting
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Auburn, 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 common to most all of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all contribute. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty vision
or healthy situation! Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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 increases 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 seem
that since it is a neck issue caring for the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
that this is not really the case. They evaluated
the results of neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to
thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization
exercise. They found 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) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. makes
certain that our Auburn chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. also urges
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, too, by performing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help enormously. Line up your computer screen level with your line
of vision. Stretch regularly while participating
in inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
adjust your standing posture so you are straight.
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 Auburn chiropractor recommends.
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. will keep the exercises simple
so our Auburn chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Auburn chiropractic visit at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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 recognizing
that it is needed!