May is International Posture Awareness Month!
Text-Neck / Poor Posture – how bad can it really be?
“Text-Neck“ (or tablet neck) is an epidemic problem in our society today. We are glued to our electronic devices for hours on end. The phone has replaced face to face conversations, posting images and Snap-chatting has almost become a form of exercise – bad exercise. We have all seen the YouTube videos of people who are so glued to their phones. These are the videos where they fall into fountains, walk into traffic, fall down, etc. These might be funny to watch but serious injuries can occur.
However, one of the unseen injuries is the action itself. Bending your head forward for prolonged periods of time puts a huge strain on the muscles, ligaments, and the discs in the neck and upper back. The combination of the force of gravity and the weight of the head time will put premature wear and tear on the spine. Symptoms that we often see with this are; neck strain, headaches, pain at the base of the skull, trigger points (knots) in the shoulders, pain to the arms, weakness of the arms, tingling in the hands and fingers. This can lead to conditions like disc herniation, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome…. the list goes on! Studies also show a negative effect on breathing and blood pressure.
Children, poor posture, and the causes
The group of users that gets the worst of this (or will) are the children. Electronics (phones and tablets) are being used for 5-10 hours per day. Whether it’s at the breakfast table, tablet at school, laptop for homework or for live-chatting the use of these devices simply does not slow down. The saying…“As the twig is bent so grows the tree” is an important one. These abnormal stresses will end up causing damage to their developing spines that could plague them for rest of their lives. I predict that in the near future we will see problems in 20-25-year-olds that we usually see in those patients who are in their 40-50’s
During the Month of May please take the time to get a complete Chiropractic examination. If you are nearby then please use our Health Pass during the month of May. If you are reading this and need a referral please contact our office and we will be happy to assist.
Happy Posture Month!
Dr. David Adler
Chiropractic – Roswell, GA