Lets not get too far off track. What is the most common posture while texting or looking at a table? The forward head tilt, hunched forward with rounded back and shoulders sounds about right, doesn't it. This posture over long periods of time is creating a condition becoming wildly known as Text Neck Syndrome. This is something as a chiropractor in La Jolla using x-rays see daily. This is not just a condition of our children, but our parents, cousins, etc. This condition has some major long term health affects, but to be brief, people are setting themselves up for neck pain, back pain, headaches, and sleeping problems. Research is showing that for every inch our head is shifted forward in posture that it is adding 10 lbs of strain on the muscles in our neck. This is creating structural problems within our spines, specifically in our necks. This muscle strain will lead to muscle tightness in your neck, stiff neck, and what people have termed holding their stress in their traps or shoulders.
While we use x-rays in our San Diego chiropractic office to visually see these changes, while also allowing us to visually determine the best approach to correct the neck pain, back pain, headaches, and sleeping problems. At the end of this article is a nice image of what text neck looks like on x-rays and what a normal neck should look like on x-rays.
So why is technology the new tobacco? How many times have you sat down with your friends in Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Little Italy, or Kearny Mesa to get dinner while everyone is on their phones. Conversation dies out, people are zoned in on their technology. Better yet how many times do you check your phone daily or even hourly for no reason other than see who has reached out about nothing of true significance. We all do, lets not kids ourselves. San Diego is a fast paced city with growing industries, where connections are important, but nothing is more important than your health. Our goal is to create the healthiest city in America, San Diego.
A whole other aspect is the lighting that our technology is using, such a light stimulates receptors in our brains. This can create an addiction component, so we really do mean technology is like the ever addicting tobacco. A recent study also shows how the blue light from our cell phones affects our eyes. We have all seen the changed perception and warnings of tobacco over the last decade. Now that we have piles and piles of studies support the negative affects of tobacco, studies are being conducted on technology.
Through chiropractic in the finest city in America we truly feel the technology strong hold will be viewed differently. Our San Diego chiropractic office is here to help out with the neck pain, back pain, and headaches, but we are also here to influence healthy habits to create a life full of experiences.
But to truly make an impact we need your help San Diego! We have our vision set on becoming the best chiropractor in San Diego, but with that comes education to our amazing patients that they can use outside of the office. Proper stretches, exercises, postural positions, and proper lifting techniques are essential to keeping our families safe.
If you are suffering from neck pain, low back pain, headaches, or sleeping problems, give us a call to see how we can help you take that first step to a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Zach Beatty, DC
Gonstead Family Chirorpactic
3202 Governor Dr. #200
San Diego, CA 92117