Are you currently reading this while hunched over your phone?
If so, here’s a very scary wakeboard call: Chiropractic Care Can Help with Text Neck Problem.
Most people spend an average of two to four hours a day slumped over their smartphones, according to the study, and that awkward position isn’t doing any favors for your neck and back.
We know you won’t be throwing out your phone, tablet, or e-reader anytime soon. That’s fine, just be sure to use it with proper posture, which means your ears are aligned with your shoulders and your shoulder blades are back in the neutral position.
It’s not always easy, or for some people even possible, to maintain good posture. This is because our bodies adapt to our day to day life and environments. As the structure of the body changes it often results in the commonly seen forward slouching, internally rotated shoulders and compressed rib cage due to the nature of most people’s jobs – sitting in front of the computers for avery prolonged periods of time. Ideally the chest should be out, shoulders back, head high and chin tucked in.
Manual therapists such as doctor of chiropractic can make a massive difference to your body’s structure and function. We work on the mechanical aspects of the body aiming to find and treat restriction and dysfunction. Once the structure of the body improves and returns to a balanced and neutral state, maintaining good posture will come easily and naturally.
You shouldn’t be constantly having to try and force yourself to sit up straight or stand properly. The body is designed to be that way naturally but many of us have unknowingly retrained it to adopt unhealthy postural habits which then become the norm.
Did you know your posture affects the way that you as well as others view and think of you? Good posture signals confidence, health and strength. Other people subconsciously pick up on these subtle signals and behave accordingly. Poor posture increases the likelihood of developing stress related conditions such as anxiety as it can affect the release of the stress hormone cortisol.