Text Neck – Part 1: What is it and how does it affect me?

The human head weighs about a 12 pounds. As the neck bends forward and down, as seen with looking down at cell phones, tablets, and computers, the weight of the head increases pressure on the neck. At a 15-degree angle of the neck, it is increases the pressure on the neck to 27 pounds; at 30 degrees it’s up to 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds. Some medical experts say that for every inch the head tilts forward, the pressure on the spine doubles.  This forward head posture, becoming known in the medical world as “text neck,” can lead to wear and tear on the joints in the neck, particularly the 5th and 6th cervical bones, where the curve in the neck is at its fulcrum. This leads to osteophytes, a.k.a. bone spurs, disc degeneration, and leading to foraminal encroachment, meaning narrowing of the space that nerves travel out of the neck to the shoulder, arm and hand. Conventional treatment is surgery, where the neck is fused to prevent further degeneration. However this also limits motion and leads to further problems. One study says that 58% of Americans who own smartphones are at risk.

    The symptoms of this improper posture can lead to headaches, heart disease, neurological issues, and depression. Poor posture has been shown to decrease lung capacity by over 30%. Symptoms might be obvious like physical pains, or could be insidious, like decreased nerve function to lungs, heart, and stomach.  In another 20-30 years, this will be an epidemic, when the youth of today’s spines will no longer be able to take this prolonged extra pressure.

Could Your Feet Be a Pain in the Neck?

The Problem: If your feet don’t work correctly you hurt all over. Remember the song, “The foot bone is connected to the shinbone…etc., etc., all the way up to the neck?” Well you’re aching feet, trick knee, stiff back, or crick in your neck may all come from abnormal foot biomechanics.

You have seen cracked walls in the houses with unsound foundations. It is the same with you. When the arches of your feet fall, your knees knock, your disks slip, your shoulders slump, and you cry my neck is killing me!

The Solution: Some of the mechanics observed by your doctor, who will perform and a valuation of your posture and movement, or supination and pronation of the feet. If I have normal, very important aspect of your treatment will be the prescription of functional foot orthotics, also known as shoe inserts. Orthotic therapy helps normalize your movement and relieve the pain in your aching muscles and bones. One reason some people find traditional chiropractic care on effective is because their feet are causing the problem. When they get adjusted laying down the problem is resolved, but as soon as they walk to the front of the office their spine is already misaligned.  Foot orthotics help patients hold their adjustments and feel better longer.

What’s the Buzz About Candida?

 

            Candida is a fungus, a form of yeast that naturally occurs in the body. It is located in various parts of the digestive tract, particularly in the gut.  There are about 3 pounds of bacteria/microbes in the gut that help us to breakdown food, create vitamins, and help us digest. We need this micro-biome as much as it needs us.  Because it is a fungus and not bacteria, therefore it is not affected by the amount of anti-biotics that we ingest, either prescribed or in the meat we eat, littered with anti-biotics and synthetic growth hormones. There are other reasons, such as high carb diet, high alcohol consumption, and high stress to name a few. This excess die off of bacteria leaves extra space and resource for yeast to grow and thrive. Candida causes a condition called leaky gut that allows food and particles to enter the blood stream before they are digested. The immune system recognizes these particles as foreign and starts an immune reaction-creating inflammation.  This inflammation causes various symptoms, such as headaches, joint pain, sinus congestion, weight gain, and various others.   There are several systems out there to alleviate this, some treatments are very drawn out and difficult to complete. Find a natural health professional that has a concise program to battle these beasties and take back your gut health.

Daily Detox- Are You Doing Your Part?

We live in an increasingly toxic world. Chemicals are now used to treat our air, our soil, and almost every product you can buy in stores. Instead of feeling defeated, we need to do little things everyday to detox daily. Here are a few tips on how to give your body a little help to detox everyday.

1) Clean Up your products- there are chemicals in all products we use. Avoid non-toxic cleaners. Baking soda and white vinegar are inexpensive and effective on most dirt.

2) Personal products are also littered with toxins. There is an app called ‘Think Dirty’ that you can look up the toxicity of personal products and cosmetics

3) Lemon water has been shown to detox the liver, which is essentially the filter of the body. D-Limonene is an antioxidant found in the rind of citrus that improves the detox process.

4) Mineral supplements insure that the body receives the proper balance of nutrients for the body to detox naturally. Along with vitamin supplementation, you can ensure your body has all it needs for detoxification. Make sure that you obtain your minerals from a trusted health professional. Not all supplements are equal, and when you go cheap, you get what you pay for.

For a complete list of chemicals to avoid, visit my website at www.renewhealthco.com, look under the Recommended Reading Tab, under Informational Articles, and open the Toxic Ingredient Directory.