Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center guesses that you are feeling
at least one of these things right now:
tight jaw, tense shoulders creeping up toward
your ears, chin tilting down, head jutting
forward on your neck. And if you are on your
cellphone reading this, you are likely 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 contribute. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty sight
or healthy state! Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center helps!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when
your neck juts 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 appear
that since it is a neck issue treating 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 demonstrated
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) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center uses
Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center makes sure that our Paramus chiropractic patients with forward head posture
get their thoracic spines treated! Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their share, too, by doing the stabilization and
other recommended exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help greatly. Line up your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch often while participating
in inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
alter your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your Paramus chiropractor recommends.
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Paramus chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Paramus chiropractic visit at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center 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 noticing
that it’s needed!