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Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka Improves Forward Head Posture with Sitka Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka speculates that you are feeling most likely one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up toward your ears, chin tilting 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 of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen set-up, and stress may all play a role. This posture forces our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty sight or healthy state! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka helps!


What is it? Forward head carriage occurs 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 results? 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’s a neck issue caring for the neck and focusing on the neck itself only would have the greatest impact toward resolving the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers reported that this isn’t really the case. They compared neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise. They discovered that delivering thoracic spine mobilization treatment plus stabilization exercise worked better. 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) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka uses Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is quite effective for spinal conditions like this.  Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka makes certain that our Sitka chiropractic patients with forward head posture get their thoracic spines treated! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka also encourages our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, too, by doing the stabilization and other recommended exercises!


A few simple things help a great deal. Align your computer screen level with your eye level. Stretch often 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 touching the wall. Listen and vigilantly perform any neck strengthening exercises your Sitka chiropractor recommends. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka will keep the exercises simple so our Sitka 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 spinal manipulation!

Schedule a Sitka chiropractic visit at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka 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!

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

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