You May Be Doing Harm To Your Spine With Your Mobile Device Usage
by TIM SHANNAHAN- Chiropactor, San Diego, CA
November 27, 2016
Are you suffering from Text-Neck?
Advances in technology have changed our every day lives! Today, people are spending more time on their cell phones, social media, computers, and playing games. This has created an epidemic of poor posture, known as Text-Neck, or forward head posture. According to Kenneth Hansraj, Chief of spine surgery, at the NY Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, left untreated it can create early wear and tear on your spine. Also, it can cause early spinal degeneration, and in some cases even the need for surgery.
Most people don’t realize the skull is the heaviest part of the human body. The average weight of the human head can go from 8 to 12 pounds. Because of this, the head and neck begin to lean forward and bend down. What is 12 pounds of weight will quickly become 25 pounds. If there is a 30 degree shift in the head it translates to over 40 pounds, and at 45 degrees its 49 pounds.
To put this into perspective, have you ever picked up a 5 gallon jug of water?
That’s 45 pounds, now imagine the stress that is placing on your neck, upper back, mid back, and even your lower back.
When the head and neck stay in that forward position, over time the tissues can get really inflamed. Causing muscle strain, pinched nerves, bulging discs and even herniated discs. Poor posture causes other health problems as well, such as headaches, neck and shoulder pain, migraines. Furthermore, numbness and tingling into the arms and hands, legs and feet, reduced lung capacity, depression, and even heart disease can symptoms of Text-Neck.
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Located in San Diego, California, and we specialize in treating Text-Neck and forward head syndrome by addressing the root cause of your problem. A licensed Chiropractor will develop a customized core stretching and strengthening program to address your underlying condition. Through our unique program, we address the muscular imbalances, and the spinal imbalances to help speed your recovery, and to get you back on track in your life and over all health.
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