The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider Improves Forward Head Posture with Ottawa Chiropractic Care and Exercise

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!


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 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!


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!

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

« View All Featured Exercises
"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."