Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation speculates that you are experiencing
most likely one of these things right now:
tight jaw, stiff 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 Baton Rouge, you’re on your cellphone
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 common to most
of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all play a part. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty sight
or healthy position! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation helps!
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 seem
that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and
directing care to 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 evaluated
the results of neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to
thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization
exercise. They discovered 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal issues
like this. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation makes
certain that our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by doing the stabilization and
other recommended 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 frequently while participating
in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
modify your standing posture so you are upright.
Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your Baton Rouge chiropractor recommends.
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Baton Rouge chiropractic visit at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation bets 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!