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This Is What Looking Down at Your Cell Phone Does to Your Spine

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Our cell phones and tablets have transformed the way we hold our bodies—and not for the better. Looking down at your device is like having a 60-pound weight on your neck, according to a spine surgeon.

That’s like having an eight-year old sitting on your head while you’re standing trying to read your text messages, The Atlantic points out.

Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, developed the computer model above. As you might expect, moving your head forward and having that amount of force on your neck and spine isn’t good for your health—and the average person spends two to four hours a day in this position. Dr. Hansraj’s paper, published in the Surgical Technology International journal, notes that good posture is having your ears aligned with the shoulders and your shoulder blades back. This lowers body stress and decreases cortisol. Poor posture, on the other hand, stresses the spine and can lead to early wear, tear, generation, and maybe surgery.

A few solutions: hold your phone straight in front of you instead of bending your head down,place your tablet at a 30 degree angle when typing or tapping (the angle protects your wrists) or more perpendicularly if just reading, and stretch your neck back to correct a forward neck posture

Reference and post source:

Melanie Pinola (2014, November 19). This Is What Looking Down at Your Cell Phone Does to Your Spine| Lifehacker. Retrieved from http://lifehacker.com

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Cross Country Skiing?

Prevent Injury – Approximately 3 Minutes

Here are some great stretches to do before you hit the snow!

Warm up by walking for several minutes with a big arm swing before stretching.

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5 seconds – 3 times

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10 seconds each side

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10-15 seconds each leg

quad stretch

10-15 seconds each leg

groin stetch

15-20 seconds

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Will I need to keep seeing a chiropractor, once I start going?  

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Will I need to keep seeing a chiropractor, once I start going?  

No. Many people choose to see the chiropractor periodically to maintain and manage their structure, to be proactive with their health, for better health and well being. My short term goal is to get you feeling better, that’s why you presented to my office to begin with. The long term goal is to rehabilitate the problems that we found so that it has a long lasting result and you have a better structure and function in the future.

What difference  does one adjustment make ? Why one adjustment is not enough.

One adjustment may help mobilize the structure initially, it really does not change the long term correction of a problem.

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Who should see a chiropractor and why ?

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Who should see a chiropractor and why ?

Everyone should see a chiropractor because we are the most complex machine in there is in this universe. We should take care of ourselves as well as we take care of the things we own and operate. For example, you take your car in for an oil change, you get the tires rotated, you get the car serviced, as the warning lights turn on or alarms sound because it is much better to manage and maintain your car than it is buying a new car sooner than you care to.

Everyone should have a chiropractor, like they have a medical doctor and dentist to maintain their body and keep it healthy.

You go  to see the dentist periodically to get a cleaning, even though you brush your teeth everyday, this because they do a better and deeper job.  The objective is that you have teeth in your head as you get older.

Your brain controls  every function of your body and it delivers the impulses to control these functions via the spinal cord and the nervous system. The spinal cord is housed and protected in the spinal column which is the main support structure of our body, the nerves exit between the vertebra separated by a disc through a small hole. If there is structural dysfunction or stress or problems within the spine it will affect the nerves where they exit and the organ systems that they control. So managing your spine is very important not only to avoid back pain but for the  better function of your body as a whole

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Back Pain Facts & Statistics

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Although chiropractors care for more than just back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this pervasive condition.  In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.1

A few interesting facts about back pain:

  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.2
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.3
  • Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.4

References

American Chiropractic Association (2014) Back Pain Facts & Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.acatoday.org/level2_css.cfm?T1ID=13&T2ID=68

1. Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 69-116.

2. Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.

3. This total represents only the more readily identifiable costs for medical care, workers compensation payments and time lost from work. It does not include costs associated with lost personal income due to acquired physical limitation resulting from a back problem and lost employer productivity due to employee medical absence. In Project Briefs: Back Pain Patient Outcomes Assessment Team (BOAT). In MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville,

4. In Vallfors B, previously cited.

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”Do Not Worry Your Neck or Back Pain Will Get Better On it’s Own” Just Not True!!

”Do Not Worry Your Neck or Back Pain Will Get Better On it’s Own” Just Not True!!

In this study researchers analyzed data from a 1998 Medical Expenditure survey. $26 billion was attributed to back pain. Individuals with back pain spent 60% more on overall health care than those without back pain. This cost analysis study conflicts with the experts that claim back pain is a benign, self-limiting condition.

Estimates And Patterns Of Direct Health Care Expenditures Among Individuals With Back Pain In The United States Luo X, Pietrobon R, Sun SX, Liu GG, Hey L. Spine. 2004 Jan 1;29(1):79-86

Ignoring or covering up the pain is apparently not the correct answer

References

Posted by drcci  (November 16, 2013 1:35 pm) Have You Heard…”Do Not Worry …” Retrieved from http://chiropracticcareinformation.com

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Health Benefits From Regularly Seeing A Chiropractor

Improved Moods

It may sound funny to say that chiropractic, actually makes you happier, but that is what the research shows. Chiropractic has been shown to improve hormone balance. Decreasing the bad hormones like cortisol and increasing the good hormones, such as dopamine and norepinephrine makes a big difference in how the brain and body works and how a person feels.

This is why those suffering with anxiety and depression frequently have dramatic results with chiropractic care.

References

Davis, B. (2014, February 10). 8 Health Benefits From Regularly Seeing A Chiropractor | Your Health Journal. Retrieved from http://www.lensaunders.com/wp/8-health-benefits-from-regularly-seeing-a-chiropractor/

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Special Stretching Exercises for Raking Leaves

Special Stretching Exercises for Raking Leaves

Dr Longo has created a pre-and post-activity stretching routine designed specifically for the physically demanding chore of raking leaves.

Gentle stretching before physical activity can help to reduce the risk of injury by lengthening the muscles and improving their elasticity, making them better prepared to handle the stress of exercise. Following an activity, gentle stretching can help the muscles recover by increasing blood flow to the tissue.

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Pull arm across your chest. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat 5 times for each arm.

Put one foot forward, keep back heel on the ground. Lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of your calf. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times on each side.

Put one foot forward, keep back heel on the ground. Lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of your calf. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times on each side.

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Stand in a doorway, lean forward until you feel a stretch in the front of your chest. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

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Pull one knee into your chest. Hold 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times on each leg.

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While keeping your feet flat on the floor or bed, let your knees fall to one side. Hold 15 seconds. Repeat 5 times for each side. Stay within a comfortable range.

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How can chiropractors benefit your health?

How can chiropractors benefit your health?

DSC02530Chiropractors are best known for safely and effectively treating acute back and neck pain, as well as headaches. Whereas a medical doctor might prescribe pain medicine, muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs, and an orthopedic doctor might suggest surgery, a chiropractor will treat your back problems by hand, through manipulation of the spine.

Chiropractors bring the musculoskeletal structure into proper alignment. Chiropractors change the position of your body and apply pressure to particular points along the spine that are not properly aligned. This results in a popping noise similar to the one created when you crack your knuckles. The noise is created by a change in pressure in your joints as gas bubbles are released.

By adjusting the spine with their hands at particular pressure points, chiropractors unblock nerve energy and allow it to flow better down your spin and throughout your entire body. Repeated visits can, over time, realign your spine to optimize overall health.

If certain nerves are squeezed by a twist in the spine, they won’t function as well as if they were straight. “Chiropractic [care] allows the nerves to work at their most optimum ability,” he said, “allowing the body to heal at its optimum ability.”
[Unattributed]: Citing Sources: [http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/02/how-can-chiropractors-benefit-your-health/]:  [May02, 2012]

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