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Thanks to our growing dependence on smartphones, we spend an average of two to four hours each day with our head bent forward at an unnatural angle. Whether we’re sending a quick email, checking our social media feeds or texting a friend, this unnatural angle adversely impacts posture and is triggering an epidemic of neck pain. While it’s nearly impossible to avoid using our smartphones or computers, ergonomic therapeutic care can help relieve the chronic pain that is tied to these technologies and poor posture. At Pain Care Associates in Little Rock and Benton, our chiropractor frequently treats patients who are suffering from neck, back and joint pain due to poor posture. Our integrated approach to care can help correct poor posture and relieve pain without the need for medication or surgery.
The average adult head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds when it is held upright in a neutral position. As you lean our head forward, however, gravitational pull increases weight strain on the cervical spine. The greater the forward angle, the greater the weight on the spine. For example, a 60 degree angle to take that perfect selfie or tap out a quick email to your boss places up to 60 pounds on the neck. Conversely, good posture doesn’t just help you look better; good posture also reduces level of the stress hormone cortisol while increasing serotonin and testosterone levels.
It’s no secret that correct posture is better for your neck. Loss of natural cervical spinal curvature leads to excessive wear and tear on the spine, chronic neck pain, cervical spine degeneration, and increases the likelihood for surgery. Scientific studies link poor posture to a host of health problems, including headaches, depression, heart disease, neurological problems, and constipation. Many of our patients are not even aware how significantly poor posture has impact their lives until their posture is corrected. Small ergonomic changes and therapeutic care not only relieves pain, but enhances all patients’ overall quality of life.
If poor posture is diminishing your quality of life, ergonomic therapeutic care and chiropractic adjustments can help. Our chiropractor begins with an overall assessment of your musculoskeletal health. Subluxations in the cervical spine, for example, are often the result of ongoing poor posture. Chiropractic care helps to bring proper alignment back to the cervical spine, relieving nerve compression and alleviating pain. Small ergonomic adjustments can make a big difference for our patients as well. For example, simple adjusting the height of your office chair or the position of your keyboard and computer screen can relieve neck strain and lower back pain.
Ergonomic therapeutic care not only relieves pain, but also corrects the underlying postural issues associated with this pain. Corrective care exercises can strengthen the core, which makes it easier to sit and stand up straight and improves posture. Smartphone-related neck pain is a serious problem: take steps now to get healthy. Call our Little Rock or Benton office at 501-223-3314 to schedule an appointment with our wellness team today.