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!
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 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 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!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
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!
CONTACT McMurray Chiropractic Solutions
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!