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Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC Improves Forward Head Posture with La Grande Chiropractic Care and Exercise

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC guesses that you are experiencing 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 anything like the rest of us in La Grande, you’re on your cellphone doing all of these at once! 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 be part of the cause. This posture compels our 10 pound heads to stick out and off of our necks.  Not a pretty sight or healthy situation! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC 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 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?


What makes it better? It may seem that since it’s a neck issue caring for the neck and directing care to the neck itself only would have the greatest impact toward fixing the issue and any related pain. A group of researchers reported that this isn’t necessarily the case. They compared neck mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise) to thoracic spine (upper back) mobilization treatment (plus stabilization exercise. They found 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) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC uses Cox® Technic, a gentle stretching treatment for the neck and thoracic spine that is very effective for spinal issues like this.  Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC makes sure that our La Grande chiropractic patients with forward head posture get their thoracic spines treated! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC also urges our [[targeltocation]] chiropractic care patients with forward head carriage to do their part, 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 modify your standing posture so you are upright. Lean against a wall with your shoulders, head, hips all are coming in contact with the wall. Listen and vigilantly perform any neck strengthening exercises your La Grande chiropractor suggests. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC will keep the exercises simple so our La Grande 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 La Grande chiropractic visit at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC for your forward head carriage or forward head posture. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC supposes that you have already helped yourself after reading this article! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC 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 recognizing that it’s needed!

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

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