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Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn Improves Forward Head Posture with Ashburn Chiropractic Care and Exercise

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 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) 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!


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?


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 help most in 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!


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!

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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 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 supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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 is needed!

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

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