Is Life Damaging Your Spine?

Is modern life becoming a pain in the neck? Are you like the millions of people who spend hours on end every day using a Smartphone or another mobile device? If so, you could be at risk of “text neck”, a new age epidemic that could lead to permanent damage.

You probably don’t put that much thought into the hundreds of messages you send every week on your Smartphone, but texting it is a dangerous habit. The posture we adopt as we stare at our phones significantly increases the stress on the neck and can lead to excessive wear and tear. This is how bad it can be: our heads weigh between 10lb and 12lb, but as we bend our heads downwards to use our phones, the effective weight on our necks increases – a lot! At a 15-degree angle, the head weighs about 27lb, and rises to 60lb at 60 degrees!

With most of us now spending an average of two to four hours a day with our heads dropped down, this results in about 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses on the cervical spine! This can cause head pain, neck pain, arm pain and even numbness.

Eventually, in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle, “text neck” could lead to serious consequences. With “text neck” on the rise as more and more people carry out their lives over a mobile phone, it’s important that we’re all aware of how to reduce our risk of developing this modern condition.

The best thing anyone can do to lower the risk of “text neck” is to use voice recognition and make phone calls instead of text messages. It’s also important to take regular breaks and alter your texting positions to avoid problems. You can find a list of useful exercises on the NHS website.

Modern technology moves at a quicker speed than the human body can adapt to, and this is not the first time we have been warned about the dangers of texting.  In 2011, mobile phones were blamed for an increase in pedestrian deaths in the US, with some towns even considering issuing fines for people who text while walking.  Then of course, there was “Blackberry thumb” (repetitive strain injury caused by texting) and “iPad hand” (aches and pains caused by swiping and typing on a tablet).

The list of ailments grows longer with every new piece of technology, and while we can’t ever expect anyone to ditch their devices, we can all put the measures in place to stay healthy as we move with the times.

Try This To Help Improve Your Posture

Did you know that your posture could be contributing to your back pain?

Our chiropractor in Newcastle under Lyme cannot stress enough how important it is to have and maintain good posture. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to  improve your posture and help reduce the risk of back pain.

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) have developed a great programme, designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain called Straighten Up UK. The programme is designed to be done on a daily basis – just like brushing your teeth!

It’s a set of simple, three minute straighten up exercises. The programme is divided into three simple sections:

  1. Stars: Warm Up
  2. Flying Friends: Posture Care
  3. Core Balance: Finish the Session

Whatever your age you can participate. However, check with your health care provider before undertaking any new form of new exercise.

Here is a video for you to follow:

Easy Health Tips for 2018

It’s January and you’re probably feeling bombarded with advice on healthy living. From diet fads to miracle weight loss gadgets, every page we turn and channel we flick to will no doubt promise us a quick and easy path to our New Year health goals. But here, our Stoke on Trent chiropractor sorts out the myths from the facts with our top 5 ways to improve your health this January:

1: Do not ‘go on a diet’; even if Vanessa Feltz’s two-week tummy trimming recipes guarantee to shred you of all your festive weight, don’t go on a diet. Instead, switch to healthier eating habits that you can continue long term. When you lose weight gradually, you are more likely to keep it off.

2: Eat a varied diet. Look for different, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables as these provide plenty of nutrients.

3:  Exercise regularly. Activities such as walking, jogging and cycling are easy enough to fit into your weekly routine and will help to improve your overall health and fitness.

4: Laugh a lot. Not only does laughing release the happy chemicals in your brain, but it also strengthens your tummy muscles and relaxes knotted muscles.

5: Stand up straight. A good posture offers a host of health benefits, including a healthier spine.

It doesn’t have to be complicated or costly to make a positive difference to your health this year. Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that have the biggest impact.

 

 

Back to Work, Back to Back Pain?

January is in full swing, and for many of us it’s back to the daily grind of alarm clocks, commutes and deadlines. It’s a tough month, but if you work in an office, it could get even tougher. According to our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor, hunching over a computer is a leading reason why so many office workers end up with crippling back pain. But a few small changes in the way you work can make your pain disappear. This is what you need to be doing ASAP:

Keep your head up

When you’re working at your keyboard, focus on aligning your head and neck right above your shoulders instead of hunching over or straining forward.

Keep your mouse close

Ideally, your mouse should be placed right next to your keyboard so you don’t have to overreach or twist your shoulder, arm, or wrist when clicking.

Choose your chair wisely

Pick a chair that allows your lower back to rest comfortably against a lumbar support. You should also be able to tilt the back of the chair so that it’s very slightly reclined.

If you suffering from back pain why not make an appointment to visit our experienced chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.