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Forward head carry is bad…!!

Well I hope everyone still has their eye sight after the last eclipse passed through. It is already a week later and people are still talking about it. I thought it was very cool. Speaking of sight, our eyes contribute to neck motion, in that, if you catch something out of the corner of your eye, you will generally turn your head to look toward that object. Computers and cell phones are two technologies that contribute to neck issues, especially relative to posture. Most computer neck problems are head positioning issues by which the head is generally held forward of the neck and shoulder regions. It is what my profession calls a forward head carry. This is a terrible position for the neck to be in considering it is holding up an 8-10 pound head. This places extreme stress on the tissues of the neck to support a heavy head in less than optimal position. This injures the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints of the neck as well as putting significant stress on the discs of the spine. Next time we will discuss a remedy for forward head carry!!

Chronic Pain & Opioids

Chronic pain is one of those things that can literally make you lose your mind or even damage it.  A study of over 10,000 elderly adults found that those adults dealing with moderate to severe chronic pain, also had a significantly more rapid decline in cognitive function including memory, attention, as well as increased signs of dementia. This was compared to people with little to no pain. So instead of getting a prescription for opioids when you are in pain, find your local chiropractor, as study after study has proven its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of those with chronic pain.!!

Your neck does more than you think!!

Did you know that your neck helps sub serve the senses? Think about it for a moment. If you hear an unusual noise, you turn your ear towards it. When you bring a spoon or drink up to your mouth, you will generally bend your neck to allow it to meet your lips. When you catch something out of the corner of your eye, you turn your head to get a better glimpse. When you smell something nice or pungent you generally turn your nose toward or away from the odor. When your face feels something brush across it, you usually turn the head to find the source. The neck has 7 vertebrae that help make this all happen, so do not take injuries to this part of your spine too lightly. Motor vehicle accidents are notorious for injuring the neck. Talk to your chiropractor to find out how they can help with neck injuries!!

Latent pain..happens to everyone!!

Health Tip Today:  Well, as a doctor who likes to practice what he preaches, I must say that my last 2 health tips discussed injuries due to working in the yard.  As proof, I did some yard work over the weekend, mostly edging and raking.  I did this for two consecutive days (Sat & Sun) and for a limited time. Being right handed, the right side of my mid back and right shoulder felt some fatigue, but other than that, I was careful with bending as not to hurt my low back.  Today (2 days later), I went to the gym this morning and my mid-back and posterior aspect of the right shoulder started getting tight and sore.  Funny enough (duh), I couldn’t figure out why, as I hadn’t done anything to hurt it.  The light bulb finally came on during my drive home, as I realized that I had been pushing an edger and raking right handed over the weekend.  This is kind of humorous, as initially I couldn’t figure out why I was getting sore.  It happens to the best of us, but at least I know why.  I shall take a visit to my chiropractor for some treatment!! 

Latent symptoms!

I spent some time this weekend doing the very thing I discussed last time, performing chores in the yard, as the weather was finally decent.  Often times, neck and back pain manifests days to weeks after the event that causes injury.  This includes auto accidents, falling, bending or lifting and other such activities or incidents.  This sometimes makes it hard to pin point the incident that injured them.  This last month I have had patients come in with pain symptoms from incidents that happened several days previous.  One from a fall and one from lifting heavy boxes. They seemed fine after the event (fall and lifting) and basically pain free for days. However, they started getting sore and tight about 5-6 days later, and the pain and discomfort progressed to the point they saw me.  Car accidents often progress this way also.  A thorough history will generally uncover the cause, but if you find yourself or a friend in this scenario, hustle to your chiropractor to get the help you need so you are healthy enough to enjoy the nice weather…!!

Exercise To Reduce Chronic Pain!!

Would you like to live a pain free life?  The chances of that happening is fairly remote, however, did you know that if you exercise, even moderately, you have the ability to live life with considerably less chronic musculoskeletal pain than those who do not exercise?  Studies are showing that those people who do some exercise on a regular basis, even into later into life, are less at risk of developing chronic pain compared to those who are physically inactive.  It doesn’t take much to accomplish this as studies show about 2 to 2 1/2 hours a week is all that is needed to improve your health and reduce risk of chronic pain of the ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones.  Exercise has been shown to be the true anti-aging factor we all search for. It helps with back pain, arthritis, neck pain, fatigue, and even depression. It is never too late to start exercising or just slowly get back into it, if you haven’t done it in a while…!  Your life and health depends on it!

Texting Neck…???

Now more than any time in our history has technology impacted how we live and our health. However, not always in a good way. Did you know that our cell phones can now contribute to “texting neck”? Yes, texting neck! Well, the main reason it causes this problem is obviously the repetition, using the phone for prolonged periods with the neck flexed. What actually occurs is that people tend to look down at the phone while using it. Since the head weighs about 10-12 pounds in a neutral positon, if you look down at your phone at a 15 degree angle, it can increase the impact on the neck by 27 pounds. If you look down even more, to a 60 degree angle, the pressure on the neck goes up to 60 pounds. That is a lot of pressure on the tissues of the neck which can contribute to degenerative discs, sore muscles, herniation’s, stenosis, pinched nerves and more. Recommendations include using the eyes more than the neck and keeping the phone at eye level if possible. Actually, this also applies to your computer monitors. Be smart and be safe. Nobody wants a pain in the neck!!

Spine Pain, Chiropractic & You

Have you ever heard of the term “stenosis”?  It is a term describing the narrowing of an opening.  It is a very common term in those with spine pain.  Often times, individuals who have back pain or neck pain have spinal stenosis. This is a narrowing of the spinal canal where the spinal cord rests or the foramen where the nerve exit the vertebra. As we age, degenerative changes in the spine often cause a narrowing in regions of the spinal canal itself or the foramen (opening) where the nerve exits the spinal canal.  The cause can be due to extra bony growth or a herniated/bulging disc which creates pressure on surrounding structures creating pain, numbness, tingling or even weakness.  Some people have it and have no symptoms.  The good news is that the natural history of lumbar stenosis is generally very favorable and there are many conservative options including Chiropractic!.  Talk to your doc and find out what options are available

Car Accidents & Pain

I was recently in an auto accident where a drunk driver struck my stopped truck from behind at a fairly high speed.  I have never been in such a violent collision before and I am quite sore after a couple weeks. I see patients all the time who have been in accidents and come to my office for treatment that can help them recover quicker and get back to their daily activities and functions pain free.  Now, I do have a greater appreciation for what it feels like when patients describe their collision and injuries.  Fortunately I believe everyone involved in my accident will be fine, however if you are ever in an accident that requires treatment for your injuries, give Chiropractic a chance to help you. You won’t regret it!

Osteoarthritis Pain & Chiropractic

Did you know osteoarthritis (OA) can occur in young people as well as older folks. In fact it occurs in about 14% of the population between the ages of 25 and 65. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of arthritis and is known as the “wear and tear” or “degenerative” type of arthritis. It often occurs in the spine but the hands, knees and hips are other common regions. The joints can be mildly painful or extremely painful with OA and Chiropractic care can go a long way to improve these painful joints as well as maintain the joint function and mobility. Talk to your Chiro Doc!