Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Improves Forward Head Posture with Manchester Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries guesses that you are experiencing at least one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, stiff shoulders creeping up toward your ears, chin tilting down, head projecting 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 many of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen set-up, and stress may all be part of the cause. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty image or healthy situation! Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries can help!


What is it? Forward head carriage happens when your neck juts forward over your first spinal vertebra, C1 (cervical vertebra 1). Each inch forward boosts 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?


What is relieving? It may appear that since it is a neck issue treating the neck and directing care to the neck itself only would have the greatest impact toward fixing the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers reported that this is not 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 delivered better results. 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) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries uses Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues like this.  Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries makes sure that our Manchester chiropractic patients with forward head posture get their thoracic spines treated! Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries also encourages our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, too, by doing the stabilization and other suggested exercises!


A few simple things help a lot. Align your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch frequently while performing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally adjust your standing posture so you are upright. Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all touching the wall. Listen and vigilantly do any neck strengthening exercises your Manchester chiropractor suggests. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries will make sure the exercises are simple so our Manchester chiropractic patients will do them!

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Listen to this PODCAST of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox® Technic treatment!

Schedule a Manchester chiropractic visit at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries guesses 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 noticing that it is needed!

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

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