Is Technology Hurting You?

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By Dawn Uncapher

Essential Balance, LLC

 “Tech – Neck” Is it the cause of your pain?

Postural Digression: Small electronics are causing big problems!

Do you suffer from any of the following?

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain, burning or stabbing pain in between shoulder blades
  • Low back pain
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Tingling or pain in arms, elbows, fingers, thumb
  • Blurred vision or trouble focusing

Most Americans use their cell phones on average 2 to 5 hours per day. We use iPads and cell phones to entertain ourselves and our children with videos, social media, TV, articles, internet searches, or interact via email, text or talk. This forward and downward position of the head plays a huge role in increasing health problems in ages from 12 to 65. There is an increase in headaches, vision trouble, neck and shoulder pain and injuries in young adults. Look around you right now, how many people do you count that have the appearance of a rounded upper shoulder and forward head?

Before birth we are in a fetal position. After birth gravity assists us in lying flat. Then we start to develop our spinal curves to allow the weight distribution “center of gravity” allowing us to stand upright and have functional movement. In a standing posture your head should be over your shoulders with your ears aligned with the center of your shoulders. In this position the average head weighs between 10 -12 lbs with the weight equally distributed through the spine and muscles that balance the head. Shift the head 15 degrees forward and the weight becomes 27 lbs; 45 degrees forward as if looking at your cell phone and the weight becomes approximately 50 lbs. That is equivalent to having a small child sitting on your neck and pushing your head forward for hours. This posture can also be from an improper ergonomic workstation if you work on a computer. This position causes inflammation and strain on supporting muscles, ligaments and nerves due to being stretched forward. As we curve forward, again training muscles to become imbalanced and work under stress, that shifts our spinal column, which can impinge on nerves and cause arthritis to develop.

3 Step Revolutionary Approach

  1. Reduce Pain
  2. Minimize cause 
  3. Restore function

The reality is that Americans will not be giving up their small electronic devices. Therefore, we need to neutralize the effects. How can we reduce the risk factors? If you work on a computer, make sure that you look at your screen at approximately a 15 degree eyes shift and do not tilt your head forward and down. Hold your phone up to your eye level and prop your arm on a pillow or table for support. Take a short 3-5-minute stretch break every 30 minutes of being on your device. 

At Essential Balance, LLC our focus is on medical and therapeutic massage. Our Medical Massage Practitioner can evaluate and help you by soothing fatigue, restoring harmony to fascia and stressed muscles, and by suggesting exercises to balance your posture. Spa Relaxation massage will not help in this case. We can recommend a Personal Trainer or Chiropractor to achieve and maintain proper musculature and vertebral alignment. Meanwhile, if you are in pain, we recommend you use a topical cream “PAIN TAMER” (www.EssentialBalanceLLC.com). This cream is all natural and works wonders. It contains Arnica, CBD and essential oils for decreasing pain and inflammation. It has a pleasant herbal scent and soaks into your skin quickly to prevent sticking to clothing.

For more information, or to schedule a medical or therapeutic massage, please call Essential Balance, LLC at 302-861-6353.

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Dawn Uncapher, Essential Balance, LLC

1450 Capitol Trail, Suite 104, Shops at Red Mill

Newark, DE  19711

302-861-6353 

essentialbalancemassage@yahoo.com 

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