Did you know that the average person sits for 12 hours each day? Because the work world is becoming more and more technology-oriented, most jobs nowadays entail sitting at a desk in front of a computer for long periods of time without physical activity. These long sedentary periods wreak havoc on the body, especially the hips and lower back, increasing the risk of injuries and discomfort in these areas
Because today’s generation spends an average of over 10 hours a day on electronic devices, such as the computer, cell phone, and video games, the improper posture promoted by the use of these devices causes what is commonly known as, “Tech Neck.” Holding the neck at an angle of, or greater than, 45 degrees causes the muscles of the neck to loosen up and expand the area being stressed, leading to the forward head posture seen in Tech Neck.
For every inch the head comes forward, stress equal to 10 pounds of extra weight is added for your neck to carry. Tech Neck can pull your entire spine out of alignment causing long term muscle strain, disc herniation, and pinched nerves. Tech neck has been shown to cause early arthritis, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, neck and shoulder pain, compromised breathing, numbness in hands, and much more.
In addition, with more distracted drivers texting and speaking on their phones, motor accidents are on the rise, making much more dangerous roadways. Injuries commonly referred to as “whiplash” cause the alteration or loss of normal cervical (neck) curvature. These injuries predispose patients to more severe tissue injury, degenerative arthritis, long term neck pain and stiffness, headaches, fatigue, sleep disorders, organ dysfunction, and depression.
The physical rehabilitation offered at our facility provides one-on-one instruction for patients on how to exercise good body mechanics and posture through a beautiful blend of various physical therapy modalities, yoga stretches, and breathing exercises. The patient is then able to gain the following benefits:
- Faster recovery and pain relief
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility
- Enhanced joint mobilization, flexibility, and range of motion
- Improved blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Restored neck curvature and proper posture.
Patients are able to leave our office with a detoxified body, a strengthened immune system, relieved stress, and a calm, peaceful mind.