Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn speculates that you are feeling
at least one of these things this very moment:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up to
your ears, chin tilting down, head jutting
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Ashburn, you’re on your cellphone
doing all of these at once!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) calls
“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 causes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty vision
or healthy position! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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 makes it better? It may seem
that since it is 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 demonstrated
that this isn’t 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 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) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions
like this. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn makes
certain that our Ashburn chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, 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 line
of vision. Stretch frequently while participating
in inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
adjust your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and carefully do
any neck strengthening exercises your Ashburn chiropractor recommends.
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Ashburn chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Ashburn chiropractic visit at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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!