Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic guesses that you are feeling
at least one of these things right now:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up to
your ears, chin tipping down, head projecting
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Montreal, you’re on your cellphone
doing all of these at once!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) refers to as
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is common to many 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 sight
or healthy situation! Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic 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 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 is relieving? It may seem
that since it is a neck issue caring for the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
help most in correcting
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers demonstrated
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 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) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal conditions
like this. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic makes sure that our Montreal chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic also urges
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, 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 frequently while participating
in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
alter your standing posture so you are upright.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are
coming in contact with the wall. Listen and carefully do
any neck strengthening exercises your Montreal chiropractor suggests.
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic will keep the exercises simple
so our Montreal chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Schedule a Montreal chiropractic visit at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic 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 recognizing
that it’s needed!