In our last post, we introduced the concept of “smart phone syndrome” also known as “text neck”. We explored, in detail, how your posture, your phone habits, and your stress levels can significantly impact your spine—specifically the alignment of your spine. We also discussed how the alignment of your spine directly affects the function of your nervous system.
Forward head posture is often a sign that your spine is out of alignment and that your nerve system is under stress. This bad posture can indicate a straightening or reversal misalignment condition in your cervical neck region.
Your habits influence your posture, and good posture is a reflection of a healthy, aligned spine. Spinal misalignments can lead to neck pain, shoulder stiffness, headaches, numbness and tingling, and a variety of health challenges. Let’s take a closer look.
How to Correct Bad Posture?
In most cases, posture problems are caused by physical distortions in your spine. Your body has likely adapted to the physical stress of your life by changing. Your muscles have been stretched or tightened in specific ways. Your joints have possibly changed position. And your ligaments and support structures have likely adapted as well. Posture problems are a sign of a deeper, physical distortion pattern(s) in your spinal structure.
Chiropractic Offers a Physical Solution
Chiropractic offers a physical solution, which is the most effective approach for posture related problems.
If you have a physical problem, an attempted chemical remedy like a pain killer, muscle relaxant, or anti-inflammatory jab, will not correct the cause. The chemical approach may, at best, numb the pain signals temporarily. But the drug cannot correct the physical, structural cause. And it is very likely that the pain will come back or get worse once the chemicals wear off. You need a physical solution, and that is what chiropractic offers.
There really is no other choice.
Three Step Solution
There are three main things you need to do to correct a misalignment in your spine and the resultant bad posture associated with the spinal misalignment.
- You need to be adjusted in a very specific way.
- You need to do specific stretches and exercises regularly to support the adjustments.
- You need to break the bad habits in your life that are stressing your spine.
We use the term “Three Legged Stool” of spinal and posture correction to describe the protocol required.
Tips to Reduce the Damage of Smart Phone Syndrome
Simply removing the postural stress of looking down for long periods of time at your phone and computer is not enough to correct the pain and symptoms associated with this posture problem. Altering your habits like this can help, but in most cases it is not enough.
For most people, removing the postural stress is not a viable option because they work at a computer or need to be very responsive on their phones. It’s very difficult to not look down throughout your day. For many people, this postural stress is a requirement of their lives.
Here are some tips to minimize this stress:
- Elevate your phone, so you are not looking down as much.
- Raise your monitor, so your eye level when sitting up straight is at the center of the screen.
- Lower your chair and make sure your chair has proper armrests, to support your upper body.
- Take breaks often and move around.
- Drink water throughout your day.
- Go outside to breathe fresh air.
- Do specific spinal stretches and exercises, to keep your spine moving.
Experience the Chiropractic Advantage
People under chiropractic care often experience a wide variety of benefits and improvements. Here a few of the most common ones:
- Less aches, pain, and stiffness
- Improved flexibility
- Improved posture
- Less muscle tension and improved strength
- More energy and overall vitality
- Improved ability to cope with mental stress
- Improved immune system function
- Better sleeping patterns
- Improved breathing
- Better performance in sports and activities
Your nervous system controls all aspects of your health and life. Amazing healing breakthroughs are possible with an optimally functioning nervous system.
Align Your Spine, Improve Your Posture, and Maximize Your Life
Chiropractic specializes in realigning your spine, improving the health of your nervous system, and naturally correcting bad posture.
By correcting the cause of your neck pain, we can help you feel better and more importantly, perform better in your life.
We are very confident we can help you feel better and function better.
The first step is to have your spine checked.