Research Reveals Shocking Effects Of Poor Posture On Overall Health

Startling research shows that increased usage of phones and computers bring about a variety of health challenges that compound over time. Surveys conclude that billions of people spend extensive time on cell phones every single day. Chiropractors face concern that cell phone usage occurs with the spine and neck in a flexed, forward position. Prolonged use of a cell phone with the head in a state of forward flexion creates a variety of unwanted health challenges. This health epidemic continues to create new conditions and diagnoses specifically to address forward head posture. Likewise, new strategies develop to counteract the stressors that occur from text neck and computer posture.

Time spent on cell phones continues to increase all over the world. A study performed in 2014 evaluated the effects of forward head posture stemming from the stresses of using cell phones and other devices. The findings clearly showed that computer screens, tablets, and cell phone use create forward head posture and add significant stress to the spine resulting in early spinal degeneration. Loss of the natural curve in the neck leads to incrementally increased stress on the cervical (neck) spine. The stresses accelerate early wear, tear, degeneration, and the increased possibility of surgery.

Poor posture occurs when the head and shoulders tilt forward and the mid back becomes rounded. The average person spends between two to four hours a day with their head flexed forward for reading and texting on their smart phones. This amounts to 700-1400 hours of excess, abnormal cervical spine stress per year. Research shows the average high school student spends even more time on their phone accounting for an extra 5000 hours in poor posture per year.

Good upper spine and body posture defines as the ears being aligned with the shoulders and the scapula retracted. Proper alignment diminishes spinal stress. Not only does good posture create less wear and tear on the spine and discs, it also associates with elevated levels of testosterone, increases in serotonin, decreases in cortisol, and more feelings of confidence. Poor posture associates with reductions in testosterone levels, reduced serotonin, increased cortisol, and reduced feelings of confidence. Regular chiropractic adjustments working together with good posture habits help reduce the stressors of text neck and computer posture while increasing hormones associated with confidence, joy and self-esteem. Take the necessary action steps to avoid this preventable epidemic while still enjoying the benefits that technology affords.

4 Tips to Eliminate Postural Stress from Cell Phones

  1. Stay on track with your Chiropractic Treatment Plan – adjustments reduce wear and tear in the joints and discs, lower tension in the muscles, and improve function of the nervous system.
  2. Utilize Good Posture Habits and tools to support spinal curves and posture, especially when sitting. 
  3. Drink More Water – water forces movement to the bathroom every 60-90 minutes.
  4. Stretch the head, neck, shoulders, lower back, and legs 2x per day.

Surgical Technology International November 2014 Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head. Kenneth K Hansraj

New Research Sheds Light On A Painful Topic

Disc herniations plague millions of people every year. The most common route taken by most seeking pain relief comes from strong medication, cortisone shots, and back surgery. Back pain can be so severe that many suffering from such stabbing and burning pain resort to anything that produces even the slightest bit of comfort. Sleep becomes a chore and evening rest tends to be the worst for those suffering from the pain of a disc herniation. No amount of positioning provides enough pain relief to sleep as the minutes dwindle by before the start of another pain-filled workday. Solutions outside of drugs and surgery exist that reduce pain and promote healing for those suffering from disc herniations.

Sometimes people call a herniation a slipped disc. That image proves inaccurate because the discs within the spine cannot slip. The discs in the spine look somewhat like two dinner plates stacked with a water balloon in between them. The plates represent the bones, and the water balloon represents the gel comprising an intervertebral disc. Injuries, degeneration, continuous wear and tear, or a combination of all these factors cause a part of the water balloon to tear. The tear forces the gel-like substance to protrude outside the balloon. This resembles the mechanism of what happens with a herniated disc.

The cartilage material on the outside of the disc tears, and a gel-like substance protrudes out into the spinal canal. Discomfort and pressure on the nerves produce burning and stabbing pain along the path of the nerve. Disc herniations can heal without surgery and many therapies have been proven to help people suffering from disc herniations. Disc decompression, nutrition, lifestyle modifications, and natural therapies represent some pathways to success.

Research from 2014 studied a group of adults living with back pain, leg pain, and disc herniations (confirmed by an MRI). The patients receiving low back adjustments from a chiropractor achieved extraordinary results. The percentage of patients in this study reporting substantial improvement after one month of care was close to 80%. Approximately 90% of patients with back pain, leg pain, and disc herniations reported significant benefits from spinal adjustments after six months.

Unaddressed spinal subluxations also represent a cause of disc herniations. Proactive chiropractic care serves as a method of prevention evident in the research study. Chiropractors do not specifically target herniated discs or other symptoms related to the spine. A chiropractic adjustment improves spinal mobility and alignment and reduces interference in the nervous system to allow the body to better heal itself. Chiropractic represents a front-line option for those suffering from back pain, sciatica, or disc related issues. Options exist for those faced with a decision regarding whether or not to pursue invasive care like spinal surgery or the risk of powerful and addicting pharmaceuticals. Pain relief exists with chiropractic care.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics March-April 2014
“Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up.” Serafin Leemann, Cynthia K Peterson, Christof Schmid, Bernard Anklin, Kim Humphreys

Laura came to see us after a car accident with pain in both her neck and her low back. We suspected a disc injury, especially in her low back. One part of her treatment protocol is spinal decompression. Check out how we set her up.

Degenerative Disc, Bulging Disc, Herniated Disc, Thinning Disc, Spinal Stenosis, Sciatica…

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Hi, I just want to make a quick video about spinal decompression. You guys might’ve heard of this. My name is Dr. Aaron Casselman at Pinnacle Chiropractic here in Highlands Ranch. So this is a spinal decompression table and spinal decompression is a treatment that very gently, basically pulls apart decompresses the spine. And the goal is to target the disc. So this is for people who have disc injuries, disc irritations, bulging disks, herniated disc, etc. And by taking the pressure off it, we can decrease pain at the area. And also by pulling the disc apart, very gently pulling a disc apart, you can get bulges and even herniations to sort of draw back away from the edge of the disc towards the center. So if the disc is putting pressure on a nerve, for example, which goes down the leg, you can actually mechanically remove tension off of that nerve.

So done repetitively, you can actually get a disc which has a very poor blood supply and heals rates slowly. Typically in an adult, you can get a disc to heal using the spinal decompression therapy. So the table, again, it’s not aggressive. It’s a very gentle and slow treatment, but it can have very profound results. And typically we can do that on people with neck, disc issues and lower back disc issues. So some of the symptoms of a disc problem in a neck, aside from neck pain, is going to be numbness and tingling at your arms and hands in the lower back, the same thing. You can have numbness, tingling, and pain into the legs or feet in some people even get weakness in their extremities, weakness in the feet or hands. So on your first visit in the office, we would check for these types of things.

We do a full spinal examination and there’s tests that we can do in the office to see if we suspect there’s a disc involved without getting an MRI or something like this. In addition, we can take x-rays that actually help our suspicions that we maybe come across during our exam. So during the first exam and consultation, we’ll be able to determine if spinal decompression is something that would help you if you’re having a disc injury. And then at that point, we would determine if you qualify for the treatment. So we do have a new patient special that you can use for this type of thing. If you go to the website, you can find these things. And if you have any questions, just give us a call. Otherwise, thanks for watching. And if you think spinal decompression is something that could help you with a disc injury, just give us a call.

I hear so many times people tell me they weren’t sure if they should get treatment, or if they could afford treatment. So this is really important for people that are on the fence about getting treatment for injuries they had in a car accident.

There are two ways you can get your treatment paid for by a car insurance company if you’ve been injured in a car accident.

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Insurance: We are part of a multidisciplinary provider network that allows us to use multiple parts of your In-Network insurance policy. At Pinnacle you are no longer limited to just your chiropractic benefit. This allows for better treatment and In-Network insurance coverage for our patients. If you have any questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to call our office. 303-683-5060

Chiropractic Adjustment For Back and Neck Pain

Cameron has a lot of back pain and neck pain due to the nature of his job. Check out what his particular chiropractic adjustments look like in our office.

Give us a call today to schedule and take advantage of our new patient special (includes a free 60 minute massage). 303-683-5060

Insurance: We are part of a multidisciplinary provider network that allows us to use multiple parts of your In-Network insurance policy. At Pinnacle you are no longer limited to just your chiropractic benefit. This allows for better treatment and In-Network insurance coverage for our patients. If you have any questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to call our office. 303-683-5060

Ergonomics in the workplace and how sitting can be causing you unnecessary pain. In this video I’ve got some strategies to help you out

Give us a call today to schedule and take advantage of our new patient special (includes a free 60 minute massage). 303-683-5060

Insurance: We are part of a multidisciplinary provider network that allows us to use multiple parts of your In-Network insurance policy. At Pinnacle you are no longer limited to just your chiropractic benefit. This allows for better treatment and In-Network insurance coverage for our patients. If you have any questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to call our office. 303-683-5060

Yoga Poses For Lower Back Pain

Here’s a great video with our certified yoga instructor, Megan, as she goes through some great poses to help with low back pain.

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Insurance: We are part of a multidisciplinary provider network that allows us to use multiple parts of your In-Network insurance policy. At Pinnacle you are no longer limited to just your chiropractic benefit. This allows for better treatment and In-Network insurance coverage for our patients. If you have any questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to call our office. 303-683-5060

In this video I explain how our Class IV laser works to help people that struggle with chronic low back pain, sciatica, disc herniations, bulging disc pain, and degenerative discs.

Give us a call today to schedule and take advantage of our new patient special (includes a free 60 minute massage). 303-683-5060

Insurance: We are part of a multidisciplinary provider network that allows us to use multiple parts of your In-Network insurance policy. At Pinnacle you are no longer limited to just your chiropractic benefit. This allows for better treatment and In-Network insurance coverage for our patients. If you have any questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to call our office. 303-683-5060

Quick video about what NOT to do if you have acute or severe back pain. People always ask “what to do”… and I spend most of my time telling them not to do certain things. Check it out and drop a comment if you have questions.

Give us a call today to schedule and take advantage of our new patient special (includes a free 60 minute massage). 303-683-5060

Insurance: We are part of a multidisciplinary provider network that allows us to use multiple parts of your In-Network insurance policy. At Pinnacle you are no longer limited to just your chiropractic benefit. This allows for better treatment and In-Network insurance coverage for our patients. If you have any questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to call our office. 303-683-5060