Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre speculates that you are feeling
most likely one of these things right now:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders creeping up toward
your ears, chin tilting down, head jutting
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Toronto, 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 well-known to most all of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen
set-up, and stress may all be part of the cause. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty vision
or healthy state! Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre can help!
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 increases 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 caring for the neck and
directing care to the neck itself only would
help most in fixing
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
that this is not really 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 improved along with their craniovertebral angle when
standing as well as their cervical extension posture. (3) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions
like this. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre makes
certain that our Toronto chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre also urges
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, too, by performing 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 line
of vision. Stretch often while doing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
modify your standing posture so you are upright.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your Toronto chiropractor suggests.
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre will keep the exercises simple
so our Toronto chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Toronto chiropractic visit at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre bets
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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’s needed!