Vancouver Spine Care Centre Improves Forward Head Posture with Vancouver Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Vancouver Spine Care Centre speculates that you are feeling at least one of these things right now: tight jaw, tense 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 Vancouver, you’re on your cellphone doing all of these at the same time! Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) calls “Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is common to most of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen set-up, and stress may all play a role. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty image or healthy position! Vancouver Spine Care Centre relieves and improves the condition!


What is it? Forward head carriage happens 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?


What helps? It may appear that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and focusing on the neck itself only would have the greatest impact toward correcting 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 found 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) Vancouver Spine Care Centre uses Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions like this.  Vancouver Spine Care Centre makes certain that our Vancouver chiropractic patients with forward head posture get their thoracic spines treated! Vancouver Spine Care Centre also urges our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their share, too, by doing the stabilization and other suggested exercises!


A few simple things help greatly. Line up your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch regularly while doing sedentary 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 perform any neck strengthening exercises your Vancouver chiropractor recommends. Vancouver Spine Care Centre will keep the exercises simple so our Vancouver 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 Vancouver chiropractic visit at Vancouver Spine Care Centre for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Vancouver Spine Care Centre supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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!

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

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