Recall years ago when smartphone users complained of “BlackBerry thumb” or “iPhone thumb,” an inflamed thumb due to excessive use.Recently, a diagram was published in Surgical Technology that revealed the impact of looking down at our smartphones to text, check Facebook, or search the web is having detrimental effects on our spines. Kenneth Hansraj, a New York back surgeon and author of the paper, stated, “As the head tilts forward the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees.”Today, Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital is chiming in and offered up several tips to ease the pressure on your spine and still operate your device. Sunnybrook notes that we should not let our head hang low, but “try to hold your mobile device up slightly rather than tucked right into your body.” In addition, we should look up “every 45 minutes,” do shoulder roll exercises, and while sitting in the car or the subway, “try to have your head and shoulders touch the head rest.”The latest stats in the CRTC’s Communications Monitoring report indicated that there are over 28 million wireless subscribers in Canada. There is no word on how many have suffered from discomfort from cell phone usage.
Dr. C.H Suh, one of the foremost specialists in spinal biomechanics, and his research team have demonstrated that the slightest pressure on a spinal nerve as it merges on the spine destroys the function of that nerve by 60% in a matter of minutes, causing the nerve to malfunction! How much pressure is that? It is the weight of a quarter on the back of your hand.
If you ignore the subluxation, will it go away by itself? NO! Some of the most common words heard in our Clinic are: “I thought it would go away.”
Clinical research has shown that a vertebral subluxation (misalignment of the vertebrae that compromises nerve function), once started, will usually intensify throughout a lifetime in a series of four advancing degenerative phases, ultimately terminating in a permanent condition, and a permanent lack of health.
Chiropractors correct vertebral subluxation. It is possible to arrest the degenerative process, allowing your body’s recuperative powers to begin reversing the damage (depending on how much destruction has already occurred). You nervous system begins to function normally once again and your health and personal potential return.