A couple weeks ago, my husband and I went to explore Downtown Round Rock. While we were there, we took time to notice everyone outside enjoying their day… on their smartphone. It wasn’t just the iGens, which are those born between 1995 and 2012, who can’t remember a time before the internet, and are growing up with smart phones.
We saw every generation face-down, interacting with their phones. We might be born in different decades, but we’re all becoming part of the Hunchback Generation. Most of us have heard arguments on what the continual interaction with technology is doing to our mental health, but how is that continual usage effecting our physical health?
The curve of the neck is supposed to be a banana shape with a 34 to 43-degree curve, and the average human head weights about 11 pounds. With every inch that the neck is tilted forward, that’s an extra 10 pounds of stress to the neck, back and shoulders. So tilting the neck down at 60-degrees is equal to 60 pounds of pressure.
After examining x-rays, there’s an increase in reversed cervical curves. The loss of the natural curve of the neck increases stress on the spine, which in turn, is proving to increase disk issues and neck, shoulder and upper back pain at an earlier age.
“Text Neck” is a real thing, but it’s not just in correlation with texting, it’s a problem for anyone using technology in mass quantities, and it’s causing some major issues. When the curve of the spine is compromised, the nervous system becomes imbalanced, which can cause an array of serious symptoms including, but not limited to: numbness and tingling in the arms, hand and fingertips, immunity problems, digestive complications, attention/concentration issues, low energy, breathing complications, headaches, migraines and heart problems.
These are serious concerns, but it’s not like we can just forget about using technology: That’s not the world we live in. There are lifestyle changes that can relieve some of that pressure though.
1.) Improve Posture: If the issues are coming from tilting your head down, simply don’t tilt your head down, or at least not as much. Try to keep all technology at eye level to reduce stress on the spine. Also, using your devices with two hands creates more symmetry, which minimizes spinal imbalances.
2.) Unplug: Take frequent breaks from technology throughout the day. This isn’t just good for your spine, but for your overall health. Simply give your eyes a rest and bring blood flow back to the muscles that have become stagnant.
3.) Get Adjusted: The nervous system is the body’s pathway to life: It tells us what to do and how to do it. Specific, Chiropractic adjustments ensure the body functions at its optimal level, by keeping the spine and nervous system in peak performance.
There’s no way to avoid technology. All we can do now is to learn how to embrace it so that it doesn’t negatively impact our lives. Keep that head held high, take time away from the devices and get adjusted.
At Credence Chiropractic, it is our mission to provide hope and healing to the families of our community through neurologically based chiropractic care. Our vision is to create one of the healthiest cities in the world right here in Georgetown, Tx by allowing individuals to achieve optimal health naturally through chiropractic care.
Dr. Chris obtained his B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and then began his chiropractic training at Logan University, College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO.
During his time at Logan University, Dr. Chris learned the most up-to-date, scientific, and comprehensive chiropractic care.
After College Kate ran a marketing department for a 3PL in St. Louis for two years. During that time, she met Dr. Chris, and he completely changed her life through specific scientific adjustments, and now together they hope to bring the hope and healing powers of Chiropractic to the Georgetown community.