You’re doing this everyday and it’s damaging your health

The following study shows how your health is being compromised by doing something we are all guilty of …

A study published in 2014* explained that the average person spends two to four hours a day with their head tilted forward, reading and texting on a smart phone.

You're doing this and it's damaging your healthThat time adds up to between 700-1400 hours of excess abnormal cervical spine stress per year. That’s right, you heard correctly, that 700 to 1400 hours equates to 29 days to 58 days A YEAR!.

Secondary school and college students spend upwards of 5000 extra hours each year in the same unhealthy position.

Research also explained how much abnormal stress lands on the cervical spine when using mobile phones or computers.

An extra 27 pounds of pressure compresses the bones, muscles, joints, and discs of the neck when the head tilts forward at a 15 degree angle. The amount of stress on the spine continues to amplify with each additional 15 degrees of forward tilt.

Consistent flexion of the head combined with forward pressure on spinal tissues creates wear and tear on the joints and discs that lead to abnormal spinal posture and increased degeneration.

Significant health and function problems stem directly from abnormal posture over time.

Poor posture represents more than just a cosmetic problem; it creates poor health from the inside-out. The aforementioned study proved that abnormal posture leads to lowered testosterone, lowered serotonin, increased cortisol and reduced feelings of power.

Good posture is associated with the opposite physiology, including a better balance of the nervous system and hormones.

Proper alignment and movement of the spine directly influences the health of the brain and central nervous system.

Chiropractors help offset the negative influence of poor posture due to mobile phone and computer use by aligning the spine and nervous system.

A Chiropractor uses scientifically engineered adjustments to balance hormones, improve function, and decrease degeneration. For better posture and overall health, Chiropractic delivers.

Our doctors at Optimal Chiropractic are here to help. Call Dr. Ben Martin or Dr. Sonya Popal on t.021 4878465.

*Surgical Technology International 2014 Nov; 25:277-9
“Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head” New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine New York, New York
Research compiled by Dr. Dan Sullivan D.C.
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Dr. Benjamin Martin is a Chiropractor and speaker on Health and Wellbeing. Ben is regularly called on to discuss health topics and chiropractic on radio, tv and press. His promise is to adjust and educate as many families as possible towards optimal health. His work changes lives and has restored people's quality of life.

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