"Tech Neck" poses posture problems
Person to person contact almost seems as a distant as black and white programming. Whether you're 12 or 32, connectivity happens through a smart phone or iPad. "With children i don't see technology slowing down but i see it continuing to accelerate," said Dr. Jeff Koepfler, of HealthSource Chiropractic Toledo.
Being keyed into technology isn't necessarily bad. Dr. Koepfler say becoming overly hyper connected is proving to be unhealthy. "If you start to look at structural posture and your habits, do you notice that wow I'm starting to sit hunched over and forward or do you start to feel that tightness happen or notice those trigger points," according to Dr. Koepfler.
Wife and mother of two, Taylor Burciaga, has been checking in with Dr. Koepfler for 3 days a week for two years. Her trigger was increasingly persistent headaches. "I was getting headaches. I call them neck headaches where you get them in the back of your head. I couldn't seem to find a position sleeping or sitting for some reason it kept on lingering on," said Burciaga.
Similar to a large percentage of American society, between work and home this 32-year-old clocks more than four hours on a mobile device or computer. "I'm working at the chamber that's a 7-8 hour day unless we're working outside events, but again, it's pretty much on there. And unfortunately when you leave the office you're on your phone or before you come in," mentioned Burciaga.
In order to heal what's ailing her, Burciaga comes to HealthSource Chiropractic Toledo, to work her muscles through motions and exercises. Dr. Koepfler explains both adults and adolescents can strengthen muscles in order to be posture by focusing on the muscles in between the shoulder blades and our upper back. Dr. Koepfler suggests doing 3 sets of 10 of the spinal hygiene exercises multiple times a day. "An example is we should sit up straight our head needs to be over our shoulders, shoulders up and back. But when we spend 3 hours on plus on the phone or technology it starts to put us in a forward posture position," stated Dr. Koepfler.
Negative posture affects the nerves which controls our bodies. Now you're looking at ill effects on health and possible long term nerve damage. "Also when you're in that forward posture it cuts off you lung volume of what you can breathe in. You're limited by 30 percent," said Dr. Koepfler.