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McMurray Chiropractic Solutions Improves Forward Head Posture with San Jose Chiropractic Care and Exercise

McMurray Chiropractic Solutions speculates that you are experiencing most likely one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up to your ears, chin tipping down, head jutting forward on your neck.  And if you are anything like the rest of us in San Jose, 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 many of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen set-up, and stress may all play a role. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty image or healthy position! McMurray Chiropractic Solutions can help!


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 results? Neck pain. Shoulder stiffness. Pain between the shoulders.  Fatigue. Headache. Arm pain. Jaw pain. Do you feel it?


What is relieving? 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 resolving 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 found 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) McMurray Chiropractic Solutions uses Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal conditions like this.  McMurray Chiropractic Solutions makes certain that our San Jose chiropractic patients with forward head posture have their thoracic spines treated! McMurray Chiropractic Solutions also encourages our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their share, too, by performing the stabilization and other suggested exercises!


A few simple things help enormously. Align your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch regularly while participating in sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally modify your standing posture so you are straight. Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are coming in contact with the wall. Listen and vigilantly perform any neck strengthening exercises your San Jose chiropractor suggests. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions will keep the exercises simple so our San Jose chiropractic patients will do them!

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Listen to this PODCAST of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox® Technic spinal manipulation!

Schedule a San Jose chiropractic visit at McMurray Chiropractic Solutions for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! McMurray Chiropractic Solutions 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!

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

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