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Postural Stress: The Link Between Tech Neck and Pain

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It’s certainly true your genetics can contribute a lot to the levels of postural stress you experience, but so can many of the small decisions you make each day. You’ve probably seen an article or two floating around the web about the relationship between tech neck and pain.

Did you know that many of us spend 2 hours or more per day on our smartphones and 5 hours or more on our computers? That adds up to thousands of hours year after year after year of you keeping your neck “stuck” in an awkward position!

Take a moment right now and check… Is your head creeping forward as you read this? If your chin is tucked down and your ears are in front of your shoulders, you are in the forward head posture called tech neck. You may have also heard this posture referred to as “text neck.”

Driving a car, working on the computer, and using a tablet or phone all usually result in this less-than-ideal posture. Over the past few years, the number of people experiencing headaches and tech neck and pain has exploded.

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Improving Your Posture to Keep Your Spine Healthy

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Spending more time on the couch, at your computer, and on your mobile devices has probably led you to visit Google to search for ways to start improving your posture a time or two. Those searches have probably also left you wondering… what exactly is posture?

Well, posture is the position that your body maintains while standing, sitting, or lying down. To put it another way, posture is how you hold your body. To put it yet another way, posture is the particular stance you have when sitting, standing, running, walking, sleeping, and even bending over.

Posture is one of those things that we all know we need to work on. When you slouch in your chair or stand with poor posture, you put extra strain on your joints and force your muscles to work harder, and that can result in pain.

Take your neck for example. If you sit with your head’s center of gravity aligned over the spine, your neck muscles need to do very little work. However, if you sit with your head tilted forward as you would when checking your email or social media on your phone or computer, the muscles in your neck take on the extra strain it takes to hold your head in that position. That results in a lot of extra work for your neck muscles, and your body has to compensate.

Weakened or unbalanced muscle strength can result in additional stress on your spinal joints. Over time, the additional stress caused by postural imbalances and tired muscles can lead to changes in how you move and pain.

Are you experiencing daily, nagging aches and pains? Getting a posture assessment in Hallettsville, TX is a great place to start. There are things you can do from the comfort of your own home as well.

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Is There a Perfect Posture?

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“Sit up straight and stop slouching!” You’ve likely heard this since childhood, and for good reason. Poor posture as a kid can create health challenges later in life.

Rounded shoulders (scapular protrusion), swayback (lumbar hyperlordosis) and a hunched upper back (thoracic hyperkyphosis) are all postural imbalances that place a tremendous amount of stress on the spine. When those imbalances persist, the muscles supporting your spine must work harder to support your body weight, and that can result in pain.

If you’re experiencing daily aches and pains, seeing a posture rehab chiropractor in Hallettsville, TX is a great place to start. Abnormal postures have been linked to depression, decreases in energy, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Maintaining good posture as you age can help keep any unnecessary stress off your spine and joints, which will improve your overall spinal health for years to come.

Additionally, your ability to move through a full range of motion without pain plays a big role in how your posture looks when you’re not moving. But is there such a thing as perfect posture?

Well, the idea of perfect posture is a bit complicated. The latest research shows that it makes more sense to think about your posture as dynamic, not static. That’s because your ideal or perfect posture is constantly changing and evolving.

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The Most Common Injuries After a Car Accident

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Whether you are just driving to work or taking a big family vacation, an unexpected car accident can cause painful injuries that impact you for months and years to come. The weight of your vehicle combined with motion and speed can create a tremendous amount of force.

Even low-speed collisions can generate enough force to cause significant injury. Whatever the details, one thing remains true. Much of that force gets transferred directly to your body! The violent forces that occur during an auto accident can cause damage to your spinal discs, ligaments, tendons, and bones-even at “low” speeds.

Most common injuries after a car accident happen because your head is whipped backward and forward very quickly. This rapid back and forth motion frequently results in ligament tearing and spinal disc injuries. Symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, confusion, and even depression may indicate that you’ve suffered a whiplash injury.

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