Innate Wisdom Improves Forward Head Posture with New York City Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Innate Wisdom guesses that you are experiencing most likely one of these things this very moment: tight jaw, tense shoulders edging up to your ears, chin tilting down, head protruding forward on your neck.  And if you are anything like the rest of us in New York City, 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, unsuitable computer screen set-up, and stress may all play a role. This posture makes our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty image or healthy position! Innate Wisdom helps!


What is it? Forward head carriage occurs when your neck pushes 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 seem that since it is 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 necessarily the case. They evaluated the results of 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 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) Innate Wisdom uses Cox® Technic, a comfortable stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal issues like this.  Innate Wisdom makes sure that our New York City chiropractic patients with forward head posture get their thoracic spines treated! Innate Wisdom also encourages our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their share, too, by performing the stabilization and other recommended exercises!


A few simple things help greatly. Line up your computer screen level with your line of vision. Stretch regularly while performing sedentary work (computer, desk, TV). Consciously 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 New York City chiropractor suggests. Innate Wisdom will keep the exercises simple so our New York City 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 New York City chiropractic visit at Innate Wisdom for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Innate Wisdom supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Innate Wisdom 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 recognizing that it is needed!

New York City chiropractic treatment of forward head carriage is two-fold: manipulation and exercise.

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