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Posted on 10-11-2017
With the modern convenience of mobile, social and organizational accessibility at our fingertips, the cell phone has become as common as tying your shoes. The average American spends roughly 2.7 hours per day utilizing their cell phones. But with this convenience comes a hefty physical price on the health and well-being of our necks, musculoskeletal systems and overall health. Our instinct to bend at the neck while gazing at our phones is disrupting the normal alignment of the cervical spine (neck), as well as the ligaments, muscles and tendons that surround this part of the spine, consequently leading to poor posture associated with neck pain, headaches, shoulder and back pain, and even pain into the elbows, wrists, and fingers. Not to mention, the occasional symptoms of numbness/tingling into the arms and fingers due to the compression of the nerves exiting the neck that travel down the arms and into the hands, known as the brachial plexus. We see this every day in practice, and what is more alarming is that this is becoming more and more prevalent in younger generations.
If left untreated, this consistent poor posture within the cervical spine can lead to issues of misalignment, settling of improper curvature, early onset of arthritis, spinal degeneration, disc compression or herniation, muscle and soft tissue damage, nerve damage, loss of proper lung volume capacity, as well as digestive problems.
Here at Korwitts Chiropractic, we take a multi-faceted approach at helping to correct “Text Neck,” through the use of postural analysis, muscular and soft tissue re-training, adjusting misalignments, and patient ergonomic education. It’s never too late to restore your body to it’s natural alignment and function. Do yourself and your health a favor and get your neck checked today!
Yours in Health,
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