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Malverne Health & Wellness Improves Forward Head Posture with Malverne Chiropractic Care and Exercise

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!


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 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 isn’t 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!


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!

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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!

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

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