New Hampshire Spine and Sport speculates that you are feeling most likely one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, tense shoulders creeping up toward your ears, chin tilting down, head projecting forward on your neck. And if you are anything like the rest of us in Southern New Hampshire, 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 of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen set-up, and stress may all be part of the cause. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image or healthy state! New Hampshire Spine and Sport can help!
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 increases 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 appear that since it is a neck issue caring for the neck and concentrating on the neck itself only would help most in fixing the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers demonstrated that this is not necessarily the case. They evaluated the results of neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise. They discovered that delivering thoracic spine mobilization treatment plus stabilization exercise worked better. 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) New Hampshire Spine and Sport uses Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions like this. New Hampshire Spine and Sport makes certain that our Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients with forward head posture get their thoracic spines treated! New Hampshire Spine and Sport also urges our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their share, too, by doing the stabilization and other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help enormously. Align your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch often while participating in inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally correct 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 Southern New Hampshire chiropractor suggests. New Hampshire Spine and Sport will make sure the exercises are simple so our Southern New Hampshire 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 treatment!
Schedule a Southern New Hampshire chiropractic visit at New Hampshire Spine and Sport for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. New Hampshire Spine and Sport supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! New Hampshire Spine and Sport 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!