What is texting neck and how to avoid it!

Texting neck is a seriously becoming a problem, especially in our young teenagers, because there spines are still developing. This can lead to long term problems like arthritis and degeneration in the neck. I like to call it ‘Penguin Neck’, because the head is usually dropped completely forward looking at the phone while texting. This is the worst possible posture.

Fortunately if you take a picture of a teen or friend guilty of Penguin Neck, take a picture of them while doing it. The position itself is usually so unattractive that you can plead to their vanity to stop.

A Simple solution:

Stop holding the cell phone down by your belly button. Raise the phone up to around the xiphoid process (the little bone where your ribs come together at the base of your sternum). Merely bring the phone out about 6 inches or more away from the body. Then you can just divert your eyes down to look instead of dropping your head forward.

This as a new habit will save your neck in the long run and prevent texting neck.

…take care of your body, learn and understand how it works and it will work miracles for you.

No. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners which means they are licensed to diagnose and treat, which is different than a physical therapist. This means that you can set up an appointment with a chiropractor without having to consult your general medical doctor. Some insurance plans do however need a referral from your primary care physician; in general this does not refer to any of the PPO plans.

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-intrusive procedure that will not hurt you as long as it is provided by a certified and qualified chiropractor. However, you may experience some symptoms as your body eliminates compensatory factors. In other words, if you have been walking with a severely rotated hip for sometime which causes that side to be shortened by an inch, which is like walking with one shoe off and one shoe on … when you correct the hip rotation now different muscles are working. This means you may feel like a “work out” soreness as these muscles begin to engage properly; as if you had gone to the gym after several months off. Complications of chiropractic care are extremely rare.

This is a common question for people who may have gone to someone who believes in a lot of on going care in order to maintain health. At our office we pride ourselves in quickly finding the underlying causes and minimizing the number of treatments for acute care. Once a patient is out of pain there may still be some underlying conditions that should be addressed for optimal health. See the six steps to wellness.

Yes, you can. Many people, unfortunately, who have undergone back surgery see symptoms of their original condition come back this can be do to scar tissue and lack of flexibility. Out holistic chiropractic care is a safe and efficient way of alleviating the pain associated both with your back condition and the stress of back surgery.

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