The Novelli Wellness Center guesses that you are feeling
at least one of these things right now:
tight jaw, tense shoulders creeping up to
your ears, chin tipping down, head protruding
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, improper computer screen
set-up, and stress may all contribute. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick
out and off of our necks. Not a pretty image
or healthy state! The Novelli Wellness Center can help!
FORWARD HEAD CARRIAGE / FORWARD NECK POSTURE EXPLAINED
What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when
your neck pushes 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 results? 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 is relieving? It may appear
that since it is a neck issue caring for the neck and
focusing on the neck itself only would
have the greatest impact toward fixing
the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers showed
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 got better along with their craniovertebral angle when
standing as well as their cervical extension posture. (3) The Novelli Wellness Center uses
Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and
thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal issues
like this. The Novelli Wellness Center makes sure that our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients with forward head posture
have their thoracic spines treated! The Novelli Wellness Center also encourages
our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do
their part, too, by performing the stabilization and
other recommended exercises!
SIMPLE TIPS FOR FORWARD NECK POSTURE CORRECTION
A few simple things help enormously. Line up your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch regularly while performing inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously
correct your standing posture so you are upright.
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 Buffalo, NY chiropractor recommends.
The Novelli Wellness Center will keep the exercises simple
so our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients will do them!
CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center
Listen to this PODCAST
of a neck and arm pain patient helped with cervical spine Cox®
Technic spinal manipulation!
Schedule a Buffalo, NY chiropractic visit at The Novelli Wellness Center
for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. The Novelli Wellness Center supposes
that you have already helped yourself after reading this article!
The Novelli Wellness 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!