The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider bets that you are feeling
most likely one of these things this very moment:
tight jaw, stiff shoulders creeping up to
your ears, chin tipping down, head jutting
forward on your neck. And if you are
anything like the rest of us in Ottawa, you’re on your cellphone
doing all of these at once!
Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) calls
“Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is familiar to many of us. Cell phone use, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all contribute. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty sight
or healthy position! The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider helps!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
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?
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE HELPED
What helps? It may seem
that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and
concentrating on the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward resolving
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
that this isn’t necessarily 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 got better along with their craniovertebral angle when
standing as well as their cervical extension posture. (3) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal issues
like this. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider ensures that our Ottawa chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by doing the stabilization and
other suggested exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help a great
deal. Line up your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch frequently while doing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Intentionally
correct your standing posture so you are straight.
Lean into a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are
coming in contact with the wall. Listen and vigilantly do
any neck strengthening exercises your Ottawa chiropractor recommends.
The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider will make sure the exercises are simple
so our Ottawa chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient relieved with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Ottawa chiropractic visit at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider 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’s needed!