text neck Millard Family Chiropractic

The Latest Tech-Induced Body Ailment: Text Neck

Did you realize that the average American spends 24 hours a week on their cellphone? The numbers are alarming and only growing, despite many health concerns. Cellphones have been known to cause eye vision problems, increased levels of stress, less sleep, and most recently, text neck.

Text neck” is the term many are using to describe the neck pain and spine damage from looking down at your cell phone or tablet too often and for too long.

The gravitational pull on your head when it is aimed down creates an increased weight being forced onto your spine. The human head weighs, on average, about 12 pounds. However, the further the neck bends down, the greater the weight on the spine. At a 15 degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, but at 60 degrees, it can reach to 60 pounds of weight.

This added weight can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even potential surgery. That’s a huge burden that comes with having a smartphone. But people aren’t changing their bad habits anytime soon.

How to Repair Text Neck Problems with Chiropractic

Text neck is essentially extremely poor posture. The first thing to do is to train yourself not to look down when you are using your phone, tablet, or even computer.  Keeping your head up, however, is just the start.

Be sure to also exercise regularly. Find small exercises you can do at home that can stretch out your neck, shoulders, and back. Having your “good posture muscles” strong can be very beneficial.

With serious cases of neck and back pain, turn to chiropractic care for additional help. Without drugs or surgery, chiropractic care can help bring back balance to your spine and neck. Chiropractors make adjustments by using hands-on manipulation to restore joint function and support the nervous system.

A visit into your local chiropractor, like Millard Family Chiropractic & Wellness, can bring back the balance your body needs to combat the hours spent on your phone each day. We aren’t asking that you stop using technology; we just ask that you add chiropractic care into your regimen of healthcare to help reduce long term effects such as onset degeneration and biomechanical changes.

To receive chiropractic care or to find out more about how chiropractors can help with ailments such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and more, contact Millard Family Chiropractic & Wellness today!

Give Your Immune System a Boost with Chiropractic Care

chiropractic for immune system, flu season

Trying to avoid the sniffles, coughing, and sore throats? It’s that time of the year when many get sick. During flu season, most go and get a flu shot to help prevent them from getting sick. However, do you ever consider chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care can actually help boost your immune system—keeping you healthier year round. Our immune system helps our body protect and fight against infectious organisms, stopping them from entering our bodies.

Sometimes, however, our immune system may not work properly. Some things the can cause a poor immune system include:

  • lack of sleep
  • improper diet
  • immunodeficiency disorders
  • cancer
  • autoimmune disorders
  • allergies
  • stress

Did you know our immune system is directly contented to our spine?

One of the main causes of immune system problems comes from subluxations, or compression of nerve pathways. Keeping your spine aligned allows messages to travel among the body freely.

When the spine is not aligned, it could through your entire system off track. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to help relieve this compression which in turn may boost your immune system.

Many think of chiropractic treatment with helping neck pain or back pain, but there are so many more benefits than that. Chiropractic adjustments can aide in the overall health in patients. If you want to keep yourself healthy, you have to keep you immune system healthy first.

To get chiropractic care and give you immune system a boost, try Millard Family Chiropractic and Wellness today. The benefits to chiropractic care can be endless.  Contact us!