Dr. William Thimmel, DC Chiropractic Orthopedist

OMG, you’re texting your way to back pain!

 

Humans were designed to stand upright. And yet in this modern world, too many of us spend our days with our heads slumped over for a simple reason: we're staring at the tiny screen of a smartphone. 

People spend an average of 2 to 4 hours each day with their neck bent at this unnatural angle while shooting off emails or texts. That's 700 to 1,400 hours a year. The success of social media is has led to an epidemic of bad smartphone posture.

The average adult head weighs 10 to 12 pounds when it's in the upright or neutral position. However, because of that pesky thing called physics — gravitational pull — the cranium becomes heavier the more you bend your neck. Several times heavier, according to research from Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, which will be published in Surgical Technology International. 

His study found that bending your head at a 60 degree angle to get a better look at your selfie is putting 60 pounds' worth of pressure on your cervical spine, the portion of the spine above the shoulders. That's more than the weight of the average 7 year old. 

"The weight seen by the spine dramatically increases when flexing the head forward at varying degrees," write the authors in the study. "Loss of the natural curve of the cervical spine leads to incrementally increased stresses about the cervical spine. These stresses may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries." 

But it's not just the big slump that could eventually cause you to look like Lurch. Tilting your head a mere 15 degrees puts 27 pounds of pressure on your spine; a 30 degree neck tilt could equal 40 pounds of pressure; a 45 degree tilt adds the force of 49 pounds. 

It's no secret that correct posture is better for your back. According to the researchers, "good posture is defined as ears aligned with the shoulders and the 'angel wings,' or the shoulder blades, retracted."

"In proper alignment, spinal stress diminished," they write in their paper. "It is the most efficient position for the spine."

Standing tall doesn't just make you look better, it optimizes your health, too. Other studies have found good posture elevates testosterone and serotonin in the body, and also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Good posture has even been linked to personality traits such as tolerance for risk-taking. 

 

People who have poorer posture often have poorer physical and emotional health. The researchers define bad posture as "the head in a tilted forward position and the shoulders dropping forward in a rounded position." 

Bad posture has been linked to a host of medical problems, including headaches and other neurological problems, depression, constipation, and heart disease. At a minimum, constant slouching is likely to cause a lot of chronic pain. 

This is why Hansraj said it's important to be mindful of your smartphone posture. 

"While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over," the authors write in their study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Rules of Health

PhysicalActivityHealth is not a guarantee handed to you on a platter. It?s a product of the choices you make. Degenerative conditions like arthritis, Alzheimer?s or diabetes are often the result of long-term, subclinical conditions (like poor diet or exposure to toxins). If you?d like to experience a long, healthy life, start with these tips:

1. Keep Mentally Strong

Learn something new everyday. Take a class, play an instrument, speak a new language or do crosswords. Challenge yourself!

2.Stay Physically Active

I tell my patients, ?The slower you walk, the faster you die.? Exercise improves mood, deters diseases, increases energy, promotes better sleep and strengthens immunity. Fat is stored fuel waiting to be burned. So start burning it!

3.Surround Yourself With Color

Your plate should be a rainbow of colors every meal. Eliminate high calorie, low nutrient snacks and beverages and make smarter food choices. If you are overweight, portion control your carbohydrates and eat until satisfied but not full. Focus on getting healthier, not losing weight. Make it a point to eat at least five fresh vegetables and three fresh fruits daily. One in four bites should be protein. Meals don?t have to be gourmet ? try egg salad, raw veggies, fruit and a slice of whole grain bread.

4.Read Labels

If you can?t pronounce it, don?t eat it. Leave processed foods, soda, canned or boxed meals and meal replacements at the grocery and eat out less. These foods contain many unhealthy ingredients and are significant contributors to weight gain.

5.Check The Score

Your blood is full of vital information about your health. Emerging problems appear in testing before the physical signs. You can have 20% kidney function left, yet virtually no symptoms. The sooner a problem is found, the easier it is to correct and the less damage it can do. Get a metabolic profile, liver, kidney, cholesterol and thyroid panels, CBC, Hemoglobin A1C, vitamin D 25-hydroxy and inflammation markers, sedimentation rate, and c-reactive protein as well as a toxic element test (hair or urine).

6.Avoid drugs & Try The Safest Options First

It?s important to understand that medications do not ?fix? your problem. The underlying conditions which caused the problem will continue to progress resulting in a decline in your health, more doctors visits and more medication. Too often patients come to my office as a last ditch effort. They?ve seen specialists, taken medications and are still getting worse. Many conditions can be helped by nutrition, chiropractic, acupuncture or supplementation.

7.Take Vitamins

A few years ago I formulated a product called the Daily 8, which contains a good starter base of vitamins essential for health. It contains multi-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, fish oil, calcium, magnesium and trace minerals. I encourage you to see an experienced doctor who ?checks the score? to determine exactly what dosages you need.

8.Go To The Chiropractor and Dentist

Spinal and Oral health affects your overall health. Gum disease is associated with issues like diabetes and heart disease. Flouride isn?t the answer but good oral hygiene and a healthy diet to support oral health and reduce inflammation is key.   A malfunctioning nervous system can affect many of your body?s well being.

9.For Women – Get A Thermogram

There is controversy right now over the use of Mammography. Many studies show mammography may do more harm than good. A thermogram takes an infrared image of the breasts and detects early signs of breast cancer. I encourage women ages 18+ to get a thermogram.

10.Relax!

Studies show that those who live longest are optimistic, surround themselves with family and friends, and attend church regularly. Laugh often and love your life!

Visit Thimmel Chiropractic on the web wwwdrthimmel.com 

or by calling us at (201) 794-6868 today!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Bill

 

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Sinus Season

94347-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Grumpy-Nose-CharacterSinus problems 

                                                                                                Often wondered why do I suffer!

 

Just remember there are numerous causes to sinus problems and just taking a Mucinex / Claritin is not fixing the problem.  Allergens such as pollen, ragweed, mold and other air borne elements will attack everyone's immune system.  And the sinus cavities/channels of our bodies is like a mucus lined "gutter system".  There needs to be a series of things that need to happen in order for our bodies to fight off the sysmptoms of sinus problems.

First of all we need to keep the forehead sinus cavity flowing to the nasal cavities, then to the back of your throat through the lymph glands and into the chest cavity.  So you need to hydrate and take Vitamin C to insure a moist enviroment and not to let these channels get "clogged" or congested.  If mucus stays in an area it is a "perfect storm" for an infection to occur.  Now you have to hope your immune system can fight this condition. 

This is where the most overlooked step happens.  You need to make sure your nervous system is getting the proper connection to these cavities and channel to ensure that the correct messages from the brain is getting to them to control their proper function.  The nervous system will control the amount of mucus to prevent this from getting out of hand and if infection is present the body will create Eosinophil – type of white blood cells to fight the infectious cells.

So taking antihistamines may give you temporary relief but you are drying out these mucus-lined membranes that cover the cavitiesd and channels and the brain commands the body to make more mucus.  Thus creating a vicious cycle; making you very dependent/addicted to taking these drugs.

 

I hope this will clear up any questions you have about why do I suffer, "why me".

 

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Bill

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