SPINE BY DESIGN BLOG
A recent study sponsored by Facebook shows that 79% of the population between the ages of 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time—with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their phone on hand. With over a billion people using smartphones, “text neck” is a 21st century term and a new phenomenon that is becoming a common household name.1 We need to be aware of text neck as a potential threat to our health.“Text neck” is used to describe neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long. Children and teens are especially at risk for suffering symptoms of text neck.2 It seems the same technology that is positively shaping the world today has added the potential consequences of re-shaping our necks away from the spine’s natural design and alignment. Our spine is the foundation of every movement our body makes. It not only gives us shape, strength and motion, but also protects our nervous system, which coordinates every process within our body, from our heart beating to our lungs breathing, and even hormone release and utilization. Normally, the healthy forward curve of the neck acts as a “spring” protecting the integrity of the intervertebral discs which influences nerve spacing, function, and longevity. Without the defense system of the spinal curves, the joints are left weakened and exposed to the overloading effects of stress and gravity.Over time, text neck may lead to poor posture. According to the research, poor posture may lead to tight and weakened muscles, extra wear and tear, inhibited organ function, tension headaches, neck pain, and altered emotional states. If you are suffering from text neck, follow the preventative recommendations below.Here are some simple tips for avoiding the symptoms of text neck:
- Reduce the amount of time you spend texting and using social media on your smartphone. Use a computer that is ergonomically correct to offset time on your phone and reduce forward neck bending.
- When texting, raise your hands to eye level instead of looking down toward your lap.
- Alternatively, try laying on your back with your arms up and the screen at eye level, or on your stomach with arms up and the screen at eye level. This is better than looking down toward the floor.
- Consult your local Gonstead chiropractor. I highly recommend visiting a corrective care Gonstead chiropractor that evaluates your spine and symptoms. Specific and gentle adjustments may restore the alignment and function of your spinal joints to treat and prevent pain associated with text neck.
- Always Connected How Smartphones And Social Keep Us Engaged An IDC Research Report, Sponsored By Facebook
- A Modern Spine Ailment: Text Neck. Steven Shoshany, DC. Spine-health.com Nov. 6, 2015
New science is confirming that healthy movement patterns in our joints (specifically our spine) supercharges our brain activity, increases learning and development in children, and reduces stress hormones circulating through our bodies. John Ratey, MD, professor at Harvard Medical School and author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, has shown research that proves exercise “turns on” our brains and conditions them for learning. For example, a landmark experiment was conducted by a Naperville, Illinois school where the administration turned the cafeteria into a fitness studio. During the experiment, students spent the first hour of the day exercising before learning in a classroom setting. As a result, test scores improved exponentially, ranking #1 in the world in math and science scores. Another school experienced an 83% drop in discipline problems because they “switched on” kids’ brains through exercise.Dr. Roger Sperry, Noble Prize Winner, states that “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.” When we exercise, all movements start with our core – which is our spine. Our brain tracks joint movement via mechanoreceptors. Mechanoreceptors sense joint motion and location. Because the majority of mechanoreceptors in our body are located in the spine, proper spinal alignment and motion is critical. This brain-body communication through mechanoreceptors acts like wind to a windmill and stimulates brain activity through healthy joint movement. Spinal alignment increases pediatric development, learning, and reduces sympathetic stress to the body’s systems. Therefore, lots of body movement promotes the rest and repair state that our bodies need on a daily basis. What this means for our kids is that the more fit a child is, the better they learn. Exercise improves brain function, optimizes its ability to learn, improves motivation, and helps regulate emotional patterns. On the other hand, spinal misalignment, poor joint movement patterns and back pain all increase the release of stress hormones and combat sleep, adrenal function, and concentration.
The Gonstead Technique recognizes that proper intervertebral disc function is the foundation to a healthy spine and nervous system. Many people think that the disc is the sock absorber or “spring” of the joint. Although the disc has some shock absorption properties, it is often harder than the bones around it. The primary job of the disc is that of a joint spacer. The disc makes up about 1/3 of the hole where the delicate spinal nerve exits the spine. Because the disc is a joint spacer, it must stay as thick as possible. Proper disc spacing allows normal mechanics of the spine and optimal nerve function. Because the disc has a poor blood supply, the way it stays nice and thick is by a hydraulic pumping action called imbibition. This healthy movement pattern hydrates the disc and provides nutrients and extracts waste products in and out of the disc. The last design point is the nucleus pulposus at the center of the disc. This nucleus acts as a ball bearing and allows healthy joint motion. Any alteration in the positioning of the nucleus or bone above the nucleus alters proper joint mechanics. Poor mechanics leads to breakdown or excessive wear over time. Healthy joint motion is critical for structure, function, and longevity. Since the spinal curves are primarily formed by the discs, the spinal curves are corrected by focusing on repositioning the disc to a healthy alignment. Regardless of age, when spinal damage goes uncorrected, this process is called Subluxation Degeneration. Researchers recognize several phases of spinal decay.
At Vertical Chiropractic in Redding California, our Gonstead doctors use a five step specific and scientific examination including the most advanced and up to date diagnostic technology for education and patient care. The first of five criteria is established with using state-of-the-art technology for assessing each patient to get an accurate location of the cause of their health problems. The Space Foundation certified Insight Millennium Technology establishes a reliable, scientifically valid, quantitative, multidimensional, representation of the person’s condition. This is significant on many levels because it enables our team to analyze a person’s condition more accurately, communicate findings more effectively while allowing both the doctor and the patient to track the effectiveness of their care. The Insight Millennium™ Subluxation Station, a painless, non-invasive instrument is used to evaluate each patient’s nervous system through a full spine postural, biomechanical, and neurological assessment. These assessments allow us to objectively measure the function of each patient’s nervous system. Follow-up assessment then allow us to objectively measure each patient’s progress toward improvement.
Although many people around the world see chiropractors for different reasons, it is essential to know the history of chiropractic. The testimony of the first chiropractic miracle opens the door to getting the best results from principled Gonstead chiropractic care.
On the unique day of September 18th, 1895 in Davenport Iowa, DD Palmer met Harvey Lillard. Harvey was the janitor in the building where DD was doing his research of the human frame. He had a vision from God that we call the Big Idea. The Big Idea was the connection between the spine and the nervous system. DD Palmer believed that if the bones in the spine were out of alignment, the communication of life through the nervous system will be interfered with. To DD’s surprise, Harvey had a problem for 17 years. He was deaf in one ear caused by trauma to his spine. Upon receiving the first specific scientific chiropractic adjustment, Harvey instantly heard sound in both ears for the first time in 17 years. This was the first chiropractic miracle and thus today’s largest natural and drugless healing profession was birthed. When Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “Look well to the spine for the cause of all disease” and Thomas Edison said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of dis-ease,” he was prophetically talking about Chiropractic.