Watertown Wellness Center speculates that you are experiencing
most likely one of these things right now:
tight jaw, tense shoulders edging up to
your ears, chin tilting down, head projecting
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Watertown, 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 all 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! Watertown Wellness Center helps!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when
your neck pushes 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 follows? 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 treating the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward fixing
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
that this is not necessarily 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 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) Watertown Wellness Center uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Watertown Wellness Center makes
certain that our Watertown chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Watertown Wellness Center also urges
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 enormously. Line up your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch regularly while doing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
alter 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 Watertown chiropractor suggests.
Watertown Wellness Center will keep the exercises simple
so our Watertown chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Watertown Wellness Center
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Watertown chiropractic visit at Watertown Wellness Center
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Watertown Wellness Center supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Watertown Wellness Center guesses 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!