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

What most people don’t realize is that most headaches are called cervicogenic headaches. These are headaches that are coming from your cervical spine. In this video I explain this very common cause and what it can look like.

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Disc problems in the neck? When most people think of disc injuries and disc problems they think of the low back. But it’s very common for disc problems in the neck. Some of the symptoms can be neck pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms and hands.

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Science defines vertigo as a sudden internal or external spinning sensation, often triggered by moving the head too quickly. The words vertigo and dizziness often interchange to describe the feeling of spinning while a person sits or stands still. Episodes of dizziness and vertigo account for over 10 million visits to the doctor each year. These symptoms incapacitate the strongest and most able-bodied people. An equilibrium problem devastates the quality of life for anyone affected. The primary medical options to address vertigo consists of medication.

Conventional medical professionals typically recommend brain and nervous system imaging for vertigo sufferers to rule out possible abnormal tissue growth. Negative images usually prompt a round of drug therapy. Drugs used to treat dizziness and vertigo come with the price of unwanted nervous system side effects. The list of side effects associated with vertigo tends to be lengthy due to the chemistry involved in medications that impact the nervous system. People suffering from vertigo often endure these uncomfortable effects out of desperation to bring dizzy spells under control. A solution exists outside the realm of drugs and surgery.

Research published in 1998 and again in 2016 linked the alignment and function of the upper neck as a major factor in the presence or absence of dizziness. Nerves in and around the bones and tissue in the upper neck and skull branch directly to parts of the brain that coordinate balance and equilibrium. Studies showed that 62% of patients suffering from vertigo experienced misalignments and dysfunction in the three bones of the upper neck. 77% of those patients reported a significant alleviation of symptoms after experiencing a correction in spinal alignment.

Over 10 million doctor visits take place each year to seek relief for vertigo related symptoms. The research determined that more than three out of every four people suffering from dizziness received permanent healing and restoration from seeking pain-free Chiropractic intervention rather than consuming a cycle of medications. A non-invasive health care option focuses on health and healing rather than the consumption and toil of drugs and side effects.

Chiropractors do not seek to treat symptoms or conditions like vertigo. Spinal care focuses on removing interference from the brain and central nervous system. The direct and intimate relationship between the spine and central nervous system explains how and why vertigo patients experience relief from dizzy spells. Chiropractors spend years in advanced education to learn how to assess the health of the spine with precision and correct any areas of interference and stress on the nervous system.

Many factors contribute to dizziness and vertigo, but none more consistently than upper neck misalignments. Science coined the term “cervical vertigo” back in 1955 to describe the cause of many unwanted dizziness and vertigo symptoms. Cervical bones comprise the spinal bones in the neck. Chiropractors continue to bring healing and restoration to the same causes which existed over 60 years ago when professionals traced the causes of vertigo to issues in the neck. Chiropractic care offers a drug free alternative that pursues permanent healing in the body. 10 million annual visits to the doctor proves the need for a better alternative. Chiropractic works.

European Spine Journal: Official Publication of The European Spine Society, The European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society 1998
“Vertigo in Patients with Cervical Spine Dysfunction.” R GalmM RittmeisterE Schmitt

Katelyn first came to see us for neck pain, low back pain and headaches. We diagnosed her with a cervical kyphosis (I explain that in the video) and started her treatment. You can get an update from her and see this cool treatment we used to help her out.

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Home Tech Usage at All-Time Highs

People continue to spend record-setting amounts of time in seated positions on technological devices. People spend unprecedented amounts of time on desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. Tech usage while positioned in lounge chairs, sofas, and living rooms paints a picture of the norm. The increased device usage creates added stress on postural and spinal health and leads to dangerous long-term outcomes.

The average postural position during smartphone usage consists of slumped shoulders and forty-five degrees of downward neck flexion. This position adds over forty pounds of stress and pressure on the spine and neck. Imagine a 40-pound weight resting on the back of the head and the strain being absorbed by small, delicate vertebrae and discs.

The additional stress on the spine and posture leads to a greater risk of postural health abnormalities. Researchers determined that seated posture massively impacts overall health and function. Sitting posture consists of hunched shoulders, forward head position, a rounded mid-back, and a forward-tilting pelvis. Poor posture causes more long-term damage than back aches.

Spine and postural health influence many aspects of overall well-being. Research reveals a crucial relationship between posture and heart and lung function. A ground-breaking study published in 2004 proved a relational connection between bad posture, atherosclerosis, and pulmonary disease. The study found a 44% higher risk of death in people categorized as the poorest level of posture. Most medical doctors remain unaware of this data and the significant role posture plays in the health and well-being of all ages of people.

Chiropractors passionately pursue educating the community to better understand the influence of regular Chiropractic adjustments on whole-body health. The issue of sedentary positioning mixed with poor posture began permeating school and work culture years ago yet takes on new emphasis during times when more people work and stay at home using technological devices. Chiropractors help infants, children, and parents achieve optimal health and function through better spinal and postural health. Science continues to build evidence-based research which proves healthy posture directly impacts healthy function.

Chiropractors focus on helping the public better understand the need to intentionally pursue ideal spinal hygiene and care. Adults and children alike benefit from a maximized defense against health-threatening posture problems. The entire family unlocks improved capacity for optimal performance and function by getting adjusted regularly to combat the ill effects of poor posture and extended technology use. People currently spend more time at home, but no limitations exist in the pursuit of elite health care.

Journal of American Geriatrics Society 2004
Hyperkyphotic Posture Predicts Mortality in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: A Prospective Study.”
Deborah M Kado, Mei-Hua Huang, Arun S Karlamangla, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Gail A Greendale