Today Technology is firmly implanted in our lives. How we utilize it can impact is for the better in many ways and how we utilize it can impact our bodies and our health negatively in many ways. Enjoy these brief health tips from your Boulder chiropractor Dr. Richelle Knowles so your structure can have a better relationship with technology. If you would like to know more about whether your structure and nerve system can be more optimal towards better health contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation by calling 303-998-1000 or request an appointment online.
Hi Dr. Richelle Knowles here with Network Family Wellness Center for your wellness tip of the week.
Well, we all love technology, right? It’s made our lives a lot easier but it’s also created some challenges in our life as well. My mentor Dr. Donald Epstein often says that we are on information overload but where wisdom deprived.
So I want to talk to you a little bit today about the effects of technology on your body. Your posture is so important. It’s a window to your nervous system. And we all know that your nervous system controls everything in your body. Stresses, physical, chemical, mental, emotional stress can cause something called a vertebral subluxation. So I’m going to talk to you yes technology can cause emotional stress like stress at work or constantly be hooked. Being hooked in and not allowing yourself the freedom to enjoy the beauty around you.
We live here in Boulder Colorado and I’ve traveled to teach all around the world and I have to say this is one of the most beautiful places. So we need to get out and enjoy our lives more and get off of our devices. And that’s one of the big things I want to talk to you about today.
But a big thing is something that we call text snack and it’s kind of a new thing that people talk about I look at it more through something called subluxation which is the misalignment of the vertebra in your spine but stress due to this can cause that. So Tech’s neck you know we want to save your neck from your smartphone it’s crazy but actually 63 percent of adults in the United States have a smartphone, 73 percent of US teens have a smartphone and 24 percent of American teens say that they go online almost all the time.
So what does that cause? That causes that thing that we are talking about tech’s neck or constant a constant hump or constant hump back posture. Hours are spent hunching over our phones, people are I have my phone here people are looking down like this most of the day which is crazy I see that in people in my office especially young kids and teens and I try to talk to them about not doing that. Teens spend 5,000 hours per year on their smartphones, adults spend 1,400 hours per year.
And if you think about it, if the adult head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds while it’s in neutral position when it’s in 60 degree angle and that’s when we’re looking down at our phones the human head is actually 60 pounds that’s how much pressure it’s actually putting on the back of our neck. Tech’s neck has been linked to things like headaches, neck and shoulder pain, numbness in our arms depression, neurological issues and even heart disease. And so the thing that I get concerned about when I see kiddos or teenagers in my practice because we see people from the time they’re born till the time they pass on that there’s an early risk for wear and tear on the spine. And it actually causes a straightening of the natural curve of the spine.
The natural curve of the spine is supposed to be like a banana shaped curve but I’m seeing more and more that the younger and younger kids are having a straightening of their spine and just think with adults with the stress that we’ve had over the years. It’s even more predominant but I’m nervous to see I’ve been in practice for almost 20 years here in Boulder. I’m really nervous to see in 20 more years of practice.
What those kids spines are going to look like? And it can cause you know chronic pain and even down the line lead to surgery. So I’m going to offer four tips. For sure get your spine checked, get your spine evaluated by a chiropractor to see the health of your spine and your nervous system and keep it healthy and well. But things that you can do on your own other than that or to make an effort to stay in neutral position as much as possible.
So we want your ears directly over your shoulders. Hold your phone in front of your face so if I have my smartphone here you want to hold it in front of your face like this and not down like that. So hold it in front of your face. And also look at your look with at your phone with your eyes. So if you’re holding your phone in front of you or you’re holding your phone down look down with your eyes don’t put your whole head down. And then last but not least probably one of the most important things that you can do on your own is to take frequent breaks. I tell people set an alarm on their phone, set an alarm on their computer screen for it to go black and get up, walk around, do some stretches exercise, go get a glass of water connect with someone.
Technology has given us so much freedom and also given us so much information and ways to connect to people but we need to connect with ourselves and with those around us other than just by using technology. So take frequent breaks, spend time with your kids I always used to say on my voicemail it said always take the time to stop and smell the roses get out enjoy your day and have your spine checked because this is a problem that isn’t going away the more that we have technology in our lives.
Then you know the more that things like this are going to happen. So visit us at www.boulderchiropractor.com And I always have a beautiful weekend and was so grateful to have opportunity to serve you.