Heads Up: Keeping Our Heads Up Makes Good Sense
Oct 04, 2016 05:38PM
By Jack Agliata
More than half the people across the country spend six to eight hours each day sitting. Even children are more inclined to recline than play outside, and our myriad electronic devices have perpetuated an already declining activity level in us all. With the advent of computers, cell phones and the hours we spend sitting and texting, it’s no wonder we have so many unexplained ailments. In fact, the “sitting disease” has been linked to an increase risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes and premature death.
Texting, tweeting and snap chatting results in prolonged neck flexion, causing an unnecessary strain on tendons, muscles and fasciae. Prolonged forward head carriage will adversely affect ligaments, cartilage and bone in the body’s attempt to maintain equilibrium.
Look at children (or in the mirror) while they are texting or using their electronic devices. The upper back and entire neck are flexed forward. Now observe them from the side while they are standing or sitting, relaxed and not on their electronic device. Is their ear is slightly in front of their collar bone, this is called anterior translation. For every inch of anterior translation, there is a 10-fold increase in strain on the neck required to hold our head up.
Many people develop postural faults that are not only aesthetically unappealing, but develop a postural abnormality which may result in discomfort, pain and even deformity. True spinal stability is achieved only when the center of gravity of each vertebra is aligned directly over the center of the supporting joint.
These days, correcting this problem takes more than chiropractic adjusting and rehabilitative exercises. Although this is an excellent place to start, we as a society need to put the device down and pick our heads up.
Jack Agliata DC, is the owner of Dr. Jack’s Chiropractic Care, located at 105 NE 1st Ave., in
High Springs. For appointments, call 386-454-4055. For more information, visit DrJacksChiropractic.com.