Executive Chiropractic of Iowa Improves Forward Head Posture with West Des Moines Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa guesses that you are feeling most likely one of these things right now: tight jaw, stiff shoulders edging up toward your ears, chin tilting down, head jutting forward on your neck.  And if you are on your cellphone reading this, you are likely doing all of these at once! Forward head carriage or forward head posture (that Wikipedia (1) calls “Justin Bieber Head” and "iHunch"!) is well-known to many of us. Cell phone use, unsuitable computer screen set-up, and stress may all play a part. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty vision or healthy situation! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa can help!


What is it? Forward head carriage occurs 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 appear that since it’s a neck issue treating the neck and directing care to the neck itself only would help most in resolving 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 discovered 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) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa uses Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal conditions like this.  Executive Chiropractic of Iowa makes sure that our West Des Moines chiropractic patients with forward head posture have their thoracic spines treated! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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. Align your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch frequently while participating in inactive work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously modify your standing posture so you are straight. Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are coming in contact with the wall. Listen and vigilantly do any neck strengthening exercises your West Des Moines chiropractor recommends. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa will make sure the exercises are simple so our West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines chiropractic visit at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa bets that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa bets 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!

West Des Moines chiropractic treatment of forward head carriage is two-fold: manipulation and exercise.

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