If you tend to participate in the hurried urgency of the everyday “rat race” you’re more prone to feeling severe stress. Though you may not consciously be aware of it, this mode of thinking is short-term, destructive, isolating, and it can drive you to make unwise decisions throughout the day. This kind of existence is often referred to as “survival mode”.
A great way to accomplish this is to stay consistent with your office visits during the year. Reduce your stress (AND BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM) by maintaining good health habits, including the choice to come in for your spinal adjustment.
I see it often—the more adjustments a patient gets, the less likely they are to experience illness. So make a commitment to shift your way of thinking this holiday season. Make an intentional decision to remove yourself from the everyday rat race. By making this choice, you’ll be able to further commit to your own health and wellness. And that’s definitely something worth being thankful for!
Avoiding Forward Head Posture
Forward Head Posture (FHP) is a condition where the position of your head moves forward from the center of your shoulders. This, in turn, shifts your center of gravity, and the weight of your head seemingly increases dramatically. Symptoms of FHP include:
Generalised musculoskeletal complaints
Reduced lung capacity
Muscle tension headaches
Increased blood pressure
Muscle strain and instability
FHP can stem from a variety of life choices, but one of the biggest culprits lately is hunching over electronics.
Are you looking for a way to snap out of your own bad habit? Believe it or not, there’s an app for that. The Text Neck Institute has created an Android app that reminds users of potentially poor posture. After all, being mindful of your posture is the first step towards improving it.
If you know anyone who huddles over their cell phone for extended periods of time, they’re doing more harm to their necks than they may realize. But the truth is, for every inch our heads move forward we’re putting an extra 10 pounds of pressure (or more) on our necks. As a result, a two-inch head tilt while sending texts or reading cell phone messages is like wearing an enormous sack of potatoes around your neck! And if you repeat this motion several times a day and you’re literally creating extra pain and extra strain for your neck and spine.
It can be all too easy to hunch over your computer or crouch at your desk as you’re using technology.
A worthwhile challenge: Don’t forget to be conscious of your head tilt as you finish out your workweek. Take frequent breaks from whatever mobile device you’re using and give your neck a well-deserved rest!