Malverne Health & Wellness guesses that you are feeling
most likely one of these things this very moment:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders creeping up toward
your ears, chin tipping down, head protruding
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 familiar to many of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all play a
role. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty sight
or healthy state! Malverne Health & Wellness 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 is relieving? It may appear
that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
help most in resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
that this is not 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) Malverne Health & Wellness uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions
like this. Malverne Health & Wellness makes sure that our Malverne chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Malverne Health & Wellness also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by performing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help greatly. Align your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch frequently while doing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
adjust your standing posture so you are upright.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and carefully do
any neck strengthening exercises your Malverne chiropractor recommends.
Malverne Health & Wellness will keep the exercises simple
so our Malverne chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Malverne Health & Wellness
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Malverne chiropractic visit at Malverne Health & Wellness
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Malverne Health & Wellness bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Malverne Health & Wellness bets that you stretched your head up, relaxed
your shoulders down, and tucked your chin back as soon as you
read the first paragraph. The first step of change is noticing
that it’s needed!