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October is Tech Neck Awareness Month

I LOVE my tech (technology). I love my iPhone and all the things that I can do with all of it. It’s incredible.

What I don’t like is the problems that it creates in our bodies. Tech neck is the effect or secondary condition of a primary problem – AHS (Anterior Head Syndrome).

In a normal spine, the head should align directly over the spine. In this position, the head is directly over the body’s center of gravity. The head is supported by a c-shaped curve formed by the vertebral bones in the neck. This curve acts as a shock absorber for our head with every movement we make. As a result of bad posture while sitting, standing, desk work, texting or using handheld devices, or because of an accident, or for any number of macro or micro traumatic reasons, a person’s posture will change such that their head is shifted forward from a neutral position.

For every one inch that your head shifts forward, the weight of your head doubles. This shift in head position means that the muscles of your neck and your upper back will need to work harder to hold your head up. This can cause neck and back pain, and muscle fatigue. Research has shown that blood flow through a muscle decreases as contraction increases, and is virtually cut off at 50-60% of continuous maximal contraction. Lack of blood flow results in buildup of lactic acid and other metabolites that cause muscle pain and soreness. If you find your upper back muscles fatigued and sore, with massage and only get temporary relief, then you may have Anterior Head Syndrome.

Anterior Head Syndrome can lead to many different conditions like temporomandibular joint dysfunction,

AHS

AHS – Anterior Head Syndrome may result in many different secondary conditions.

headaches, spinal decay, sinuses issues, dizziness, upper back pain, and so much more.

Tech Neck Awareness Month

One of the biggest concerns that NeuroStructural chiropractors have is that we are seeing AHS occurring in children and teens at alarming rates.  We are seeing spinal decay in teenagers that we would see in sixty year olds.  Take a look around at the school yard or mall, you’ll notice the rounded shoulders, head forward and lack of muscle tone in the upper and middle back.  Our children are aging faster than ever as a result of the use of technology.

So how do we keep ourselves and children safe, but still enjoy the use of technology?

Easing Your Tech Neck

Click on the image below to join our 30 Day Posture Reform Challenge!

 

Dr. Craig Hazel’s mission is to help families THRIVE. After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, he went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas Texas. He is passionate about seeing children and families in his private practice at Synergy Chiropractic in Kanata Ontario. A sought after speaker, he has been featured regularly on TSN Team 1200, CTV and Rogers TV. He is also the Chairman of the Alliance for Chiropractic of Ontario.

That Bad Old Hip (and What to Do About It)

Does your hip not shake like Shakira’s anymore?  Do you get a pinching feeling in the front of your hip when you sit or squat?  There aren’t too many daily activities that don’t require the use of your hips. It’s easily the most powerful joint in the body and is subject to tremendous force.

The hip is a ball and socket joint that connects your legs to your pelvis. If you have been suffering from hip pain, even walking around the house can be difficult. However, is that bad old hip a result of age or joint imbalance?

Why it Matters:

Chronic hip pain has historically been treated with injections or even hip replacements. These invasive treatments have been performed tens of thousands of times per year, with mixed results. Thankfully, new research has begun to show that proper maintenance of your hips may be able to save you from the scalpel.  When your low back, hips, and pelvis are balanced and have a full range of motion, your hips will have equal wear and tear, and they’re designed to last a lifetime! Researchers have found that adjustments to the low back and hips can improve hip pain by over 60% and provide a statistically significant improvement in range of motion.

– Low impact exercise and adjustments can improve range of motion and reduce your pain.

– Research has shown improvement in hip pain by over 60% after chiropractic adjustments.

– Adjustments have been shown to be over 30% more effective than exercise for easing the pain of hip osteoarthritis.

Next Steps:

If you know someone who has a “hitch in their giddy-up,” invite them to our upcoming workshop where we will provide actionable health tips on how they can improve their quality of life without dangerous medications and risky surgery.

MOVE BY DESIGN WORKSHOP – September 12, 2019 @ 7:15PM

Science Source(s):

Relationship Between the Hip and Low Back Pain in Athletes Who Participate in Rotation-Related Sports. J Sport Rehab 2009

A Single-Group Design Using Full Kinetic Chain Manipulative Therapy with Rehabilitation in the Treatment of 18 Patients with Hip Osteoarthritis. JMPT 2010

Comparison of Manual Therapy and Exercise Therapy in Osteoarthritis of the Hip: a Randomized Clinical Trial. Arthritis Rheum. 2004

The Link Between Posture and Shoulder Motion

Your shoulder is one of the most complex joints in your body. It is surrounded and supported by a complex network of nerves, tendons, muscles, and ligaments.  Many of these structures tie back to your spine or mid-back and neck.  Your posture, or position, directly impacts the motion of your shoulder and scapula.  When the shoulder and scapula are moving properly, they work together.  When they aren’t, the arm does more of the work leading to more stress on the rotator cuff leading to strains and possibly tears over time.

Long hours at a desk or computer can lead to postural changes and muscle imbalances. Poor posture and a forward head position can lead to “upper cross syndrome.”

Upper cross syndrome is an imbalance of the muscles in your upper back, neck, and shoulder that can lead to neck, back, and shoulder pain with restricted range of motion.  The head translates forward shortening the muscles and tissues on the front side of the body and lengthening the muscles on the back.

Strong Foundation

Good posture is a necessity for good health.

Suppose you held a five pound weight out in front of your body for hours at a time.  You’d undoubtedly feel tired and sore from trying to hold it up, right?  Well, the reason why your shoulders and upper back are ‘barking’ at you is because your posture is losing and gravity is winning.

Simply trying the rehabilitate the shoulder only isn’t going to help since the problem is more global than regional.

Why it Matters:

Whether it’s working at a computer, long hours in a car, or using a tablet/smartphone, just about everyone is susceptible to developing upper cross syndrome. However, you don’t need to suffer or change your career to find relief.

A combination of Chiropractic adjustments, stretching, and specific postural exercises can make a huge impact on your ability to stay happy and healthy. Taking short breaks every 20-30 minutes to lightly extend your arms and move your neck through a comfortable range of motion will help your body “reset” while working. Also, periodic Chiropractic adjustments will help you maintain an optimal range of motion and reduce restrictions that can occur in your spinal joints.

Here are some simple exercises you can do RIGHT NOW to help yourself.

  1. Wall Slides –
    1. Place heels, buttocks, upper back, and head against wall

      Wall Slides

      Wall slides will help your Anterior Head Syndrome.

    2. Bend elbows to 90 degrees and rotate outwards so that the backs of your hands touch the wall (or as close as you can)
    3. Slide arms up the wall while keeping elbow bent at 90 degrees and keeping the elbows against the wall (or as close as you can)
    4. Tuck chin slightly to create flexion in upper neck.
    5. Relax and inhale, exhale slowly while pressing back of head and arms against wall.
    6. Progress slowly in terms of number of repetitions and force applied; Hold for 30 seconds.
  2. Pec Stretch:
    1. Stand in a doorway with arms bent to 90 degrees.
    2. Elbows and forearms are held against door frame.
    3. Step/lean through doorway to stretch.
    4. Inhale, then relax and exhale as you press a little further.
    5. Hold for 30 seconds
  3. T Exercises
    1. Stand or sit upright.
    2. Extend arms straight out in front of you and palms facing upwards.
    3. Pull arms out to the sides fully keeping arms parallel to the ground.
    4. Extend arms back behind you until.
    5. Squeeze shoulder blades together at the back.
    6. Hold for 5 seconds.  Repeat 8-10 repetitions.

In review:

  • The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body.
  • Your posture greatly impacts the ability of your shoulders to move through their full range of motion.
  • It’s important to address the neck and mid-back when treating a shoulder injury.

Next Steps:

Upper cross syndrome is one of the most common complaints we see in our practice. Far too many people suffer from pain for years before discovering Chiropractic care. Millions of people end up taking medications just to get through the day.  The trouble is, the medications don’t solve the problem.

So like you, we believe there is a better way.  Share this information with a friend at work.  We are excited to share how the challenges of upper cross syndrome can be overcome without drugs or surgery!

Science Source:

Upper Crossed Syndrome and Its Relationship to Cervicogenic Headache. JMPT 2004 MedicalNewsToday.com

A New Years Resolution: Feel More Energized!

The best way to feel more energized? Stay active! Top research journals have shown that moderate exercise can increase your energy. A simple 10-15 minute walk can get your blood pumping and increase the oxygen coming into your body, helping you feel more energized and maybe even helping you shed a few extra pounds.

Why it Matters:

Moderate exercise can help you feel energized by releasing endorphins,

Energized

New Year = a fresh re-start

which make you feel happier, while contributing to a better quality of sleep. Additionally, exercise helps train the heart to work more efficiently. Ultimately, your immune system will also function better with consistent exercise. In other words, exercise can not only help you feel more energized, but it can reduce your likelihood of getting sick. And combining a moderate exercise routine with chiropractic care may be one of the best ways to stay healthy and energized all year long.

▪    Exercise releases endorphins which make us feel more energized and happier

▪    A simple 10-15 minute walk per day can improve your energy level by over 20%

▪    Regular exercise can help you sleep better and reduce your risk of getting sick

Don’t feel like exercising?  You choose your pain.  It’s either the pain of feeling terrible and living in so-so or poor health or the pain of getting up and exercising.  The former results in more pain.  The latter allows you the joy of experiencing something great later.  Have you ever had a great workout and been miserable afterwards?  Then let’s get moving and choose the ‘pain’ of exercising shall we?

And another thing – stop feeling like it is an “ALL OR NOTHING” thing!  Many people get caught up in the notion that you have to ‘kill yourself’ in order to get a great workout; or if you usually do 60mins and you only have 30 mins then it’s not worth doing.

Nonsense.

All exercise helps your body.  Even if you have 10mins, you can get a great 10 mins of activity and feel great afterwards.  Who doesn’t have 10 mins?

Next Steps:

Start with a simple calendar. Schedule at least three days per week that you can take a 10-15 minute walk. By putting the activity on your schedule, it’s more likely that you will follow through. Also, ask us about how chiropractic care may be able to keep you pain-free and on track with your exercise goals. We want to partner with you to make this year your healthiest and happiest year ever!

Comment below – what are you committing to doing?

Science Source:
Sports Med. Endorphins and exercise. 1984
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. February 2008
Dr. Craig Hazel’s mission is to help families THRIVE. After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, he went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas Texas. He is passionate about seeing children and families in his private practice at Synergy Chiropractic in Kanata Ontario. A sought after speaker, he has been featured regularly on TSN Team 1200, CTV and Rogers TV. He is also the Chairman of the Alliance for Chiropractic of Ontario.