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Good Posture – It’s Not Just To Look Good

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Good posture – head up, shoulders back, rear tucked under – and light bracing of key areas in the body, such as the abdominals, plays a key role in your spinal health, helping to prevent back and neck pain and even injuries to spinal structures. If you have a spinal condition, try to be aware of your posture and make good posture part of your normal routine.

If you suffer from back pain, you may consciously or subconsciously adopt an unnatural posture to try to limit movements that you fear will create potential pain. However, unless there is a fracture or other serious problem, try not to take on an unnatural or stiff posture.

Be on the lookout for any of the following possible warning signs of poor posture:

  • Back pain that is worse at certain times of the day or week
  • Pain that starts in the neck and moves downwards into the upper back, lower back and extremities
  • Pain that goes away after switching positions while sitting or standing
  • Sudden back pain that is experienced with a new job, a new office chair, or a new car
  • Back pain that comes and goes for months

If any of these warning signs apply to you, take note of your posture, seek help to identify the problem and areas that may need work, not only to reduce or manage the symptoms but help identify the cause. At Lagos Health Chiropractic Clinic we will identify and treat your problem and advise on the best way to manage it. Call us on +351 282 768 044 to book an appointment.

Discomfort from Text Neck is nothing to LOL about

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Reading and sending text messages and emails on a mobile device all require an awkward downward tilt of the head for extended periods of time. This can lead to a condition that popular and medical media are calling TEXT NECK.

Heavy Burden

The human head weighs about the same as a tenpin bowling ball at about 5 kg (12lbs). But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about two bowling balls (12kg or 27lbs) and at 45 degrees it’s almost four balls (22kg or 49lbs).

text neck and how to avoid neck painThat’s the burden that comes with staring down at a smartphone. Over time, this poor posture  can lead to severe neck and upper back pain, as well as choking the nerves of the neck leading to tingling in the fingers. It could also lead to degeneration of the spine and perhaps surgery.

And It’s Becoming More Common

Smartphone users spend, on average, two to four hours a day hunched over reading e-mails, sending texts or checking social media sites. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours a year that people are putting stress on their spines. And for teenagers, it’s worse – they are spending an additional 5,000 hours in this position!

“It’s extremely common.” says Dr Wen Oates of Lagos Health Chiropractic. “Just look around you – everyone has their head down…on the street, in restaurants and at home.”

Not Just Youngsters

“But now, it isn’t only young people.” says Dr Oates. “The older, retired generation are sitting up in bed at night reading their Kindle or tablet for several hours. In recent months, I’ve seen more and more patients complaining of neck and shoulder pain that has developed solely from prolonged, late-night ‘mobile-technology’ reading”.

Some Good Advice

“Be aware of the position of your head. Instead of bending your neck, try to look down at your device with your eyes, or try holding the screen close to eye level. To relieve pain, exercise your neck muscles and improve the range of movement of your neck, you can try gently moving your head to its end-range up and down, turning left and right, and bending side to side a few times every day.

Continue to enjoy your smartphone and tablet…just make sure your head is upright!”

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