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Think about or visualize the posture of a person on a mobile device. Their head is down, chin to the chest, looking towards the ground, with their shoulders slumped and their neck in a reverse curve. This pandemic posture, called anterior head syndrome posture or “text neck”, which you also see when people are in front of a computer or while driving, has been in the media frequently due to its damaging health effects. The newest research from scientists in Korea reveals that people who use their phones for more than four hours a day have a thirty-one percent lower level of “peak expiratory flow,” a measure of lung function, than those who kept their daily usage under four hours.
Just think about that. If you’re on your phone for over four hours, and the reason I say this is because of the postural pattern of rounding your shoulders and dropping your head when using the phone, you will be breathing less deeply.
There is more to this than just the shallow breathing. Your spine and nervous system is designed in such a way that the spinal cord has between five to seven centimeters to elongate like an accordion. This is so that when you bend and move it extends and shortens, or folds and unfolds. This gives you flexibility of movement. When a person flexes forward for an extended period of time, as the spinal canal and nerve system extends and unfolds, the nerve tissue gets stretched. That stretching has a number of effects on human physiology that very few people realize. It reduces and impacts nerve communication even more significantly than compressing or pinching a nerve. It causes inflammation at multiple nerve levels and it puts the entire system into fight or flight mode. This fight or flight mode will cause the body to produce more cortisol, more adrenaline, more stress hormones, and will decrease respiration. This inflammation and increase in hormones can increase rates and severity of depression, anxiety, weight gain, disc syndromes, metabolic disorders, mental emotional stresses, arthritic changes, and much more.
As the nerve system behavior is altered by structural situations a person's experience and perception of their body and the world around them shifts. Additionally, the anterior head syndrome posture reduces blood flow to nerves. Well-known neurosurgeon, Alf Breig, discussed that as the spinal cord stretches the blood vessels in the spinal cord also stretch, which leads to a lack of oxygen to the nerves. The nerves literally die from anoxia.
We can assess the state of the NeuroStructural system and how much it's being impacted by structure and behavior using advanced technologies. For example, a neuropulse test can assess how well the body adapts to stress, and there are other non-invasive, advanced tests that can assess NeuroStructural balance and how the body is being impacted at the neurological and cardiovascular level.
Do you think texting might be taking your breath away? If it is, it's probably impacting other areas of your health. Have your NeuroStructural system checked. Contact our office for a complimentary consultation to determine if having your NeuroStructural system checked may be beneficial for you. A consultation is simply a conversation to see if we could possibly help you. Our view is that people are concerned about their health so they can better enjoy and live the life that is ahead of them, and we want to help them do that.
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