Posture

The latest information on the how to improve posture and balance via the eyes-vestibular-spine based relationship.

12 WEEKS TO BETTER POSTURE AND BALANCE

As a BC 1st CERTIFIED POSTURAL NEUROLOGY CHIROPRACTOR, we realize that just exercise alone is not enough to make significant changes to your posture.  To change your posture, and to have better overall health, it requires a mental and physical shift to a mindful and active lifestyle habits.

 

It is for that reason we have developed a 12 WEEKS TO A BETTER POSTURE TM program that emphasizes the three essential components for long-term postural correction: Spinal Alignment, Postural Rehabilitation, And Postural Habit Re-Education.

 

Spinal Alignment: is critical to postural correction. Regardless of how many postural exercises a person does, they simply cannot correct their posture if their spine is out of proper alignment.

 

Postural Rehabilitation: works in synchrony with proper spinal alignment, because when the spine is in alignment there is improved efficiency of the surrounding postural musculature. Our Postural Rehab Specialist will design a specific and tailored postural and balance exercise program for you. And don’t worry there is little or no equipment involved and can be initiated at any health level.

 

Posture Habit Re-education: This component is as equally essential to long-term postural correction as spinal alignment and postural rehabilitation. Posture habit re-education involves mindful living and intentional movements to maintain proper posture throughout the day. Mindfulness in posture involves recognizing when you tend to have poor posture, then re-educating your physiology to function with better posture in those situations.

 

Spinal Alignment, Postural Rehabilitation, and Posture Habit Re-education are the fundamental practices for long-term postural correction and changing the neuroplasticity in your brain. Although exercises are beneficial, in this day and age they are not enough. Your posture is a reflection of how you present yourself to the world, there is simply no better time than the present to take control of your posture and enhance your ability to look better, move better, and feel better!

 

To begin your journey to better health and less pain
CALL TODAY 604-535-7373
Book online (Click Here)

 

Dr. Thomas Burge D.C., Kin (Hon)

CEO of In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care

Certified Postural Neurologist

Kinesiologist

 

Is Your Poor Posture Risking YOUR Life?

We all innately know that we should sit up straight and be conscious of how long we sit for and we all try to create work environments that our better for our postures. But, do we really understand why it is so important? Do really understand the ramifications of poor posture and the system that consistently monitors and regulates your posture?

With the advent of the constant use of technology into our daily lives and the co-relational increase in health related postural problems, it is becoming more apparent that people most incorporate postural exercises to combat poor posture.  Poor longstanding posture has been related to heart and lung issues and even early mortality.

Is poor posture really that bad for my health? Check out some of studies below that measuring the impact of poor posture on your health.

“The Destructive Impact of Abnormal Posture”

 

This was a study published in the reputable Medical Journal of SPINE in 2005 and was done by a team of all Medical Doctors headed up by Dr. Steven Glassman.

The study measured posture in 752 subjects from the sagittal plane using full-spine x-rays. They took measurements from the C7 and took plumb-line measures as it relates to the sacrum. Their findings were ASTONISHING!! ALL MEASURES OF HEALTH STATUS showed significantly POORER SCORES AS POSTURE DEVIATIONS INCREASED.

Even minor forward head posture was shown to be detrimental. From breathing and heart rate, to pain and disability, all health markers that were measured worsened as the posture deviations increased. This again clearly demonstrates the relationship between poor posture and its implications on human health, particularly as it relates to non-musculoskeletal physiology.

All Chiropractic adjustments help to restore posture by improving motion and spinal integrity which improves afferent input into the spinal cord and brain, thus, allowing the body to comprehend and balance itself better in relation to gravity.

 

Hyperkyphotic Posture Predicts Mortality, was published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society in October 2004 (8).

There were 1,353 participants in this study that had measurements of kyphotic posture who were followed for an average of 4.2 years.                                          

The results were as follows:

1) Men were about twice as likely to be classified as hyper-kyphotic, with upwards of 40% of the men and 20% of the women meeting the criteria for hyper-kyphosis.

2) HYPER-KYPHOTIC POSTURE was associated with an increased MORTALITY RATE due to atherosclerosis and possibly pulmonary causes! Did you read that correctly…mortality rates increased in individuals with hyper-kyphotic posture!

3) Persons with hyper-kyphosis defined by specific measurements had a 1.44 times greater rate of dying than those without hyper-kyphosis!! (44% increase death rate with those who have hyper-kyphosis) It was interesting to see that the cause of death in the hyper-kyphotic group was mostly due to some form of atherosclerosis or pulmonary dysfunction . The plausibility of why there is a relationship with posture and disease is the fact that abnormal posture alters the mechanical inhibition of the thoracic sympathetic nervous system, increasing sympathetic tone, which contributes to atherosclerosis.

 

So What are you doing to improve YOUR posture?

 

Call today we would love to help! 604-535-7373  South Surrey, BC (web page)

 

Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), CPN

CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

 

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4 Weeks to New Habits

The definition of a habit is a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. Have you ever tried to change an unhealthy or bad habit only to revert back to that habit? Have you ever tried to understand why you do what you do and what triggers that habit? That’s where “4 Weeks to New Habits” comes in. The program is designed to recognize your triggers to understand why you do what you do, and what you can do to change your bad habits into new, positive, lasting habits.

The program consists of 4 one-on-one sessions with Jen, unlimited email support, as well as access to a private Facebook group. In your first session you will do some goal setting and identify some habits that you’d like to change. They could be anything from losing weight to quitting late night snacking or eating more vegetables. Your first session will be an hour in length, and the remaining 3 will be 30 minutes. For the remaining 3 sessions they will be check-ins to see how you successful you are in working to achieving your goals and to discuss any obstacles that may have come up in the previous week. You will receive tips along the way to implement lasting good habits as well as accountability.

Book your Complementary 15 minute session with Jen today to see what

“4 Weeks to New Habits” can do for you.

 

 

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Text Neck and Gaming Posture: Health Effects On Our Youth.

Text Neck

 

Yes, you read that right. Text neck. Who would have thought that cellphones could create such a common neck pain that it has its own definable term?  Just take a walk in downtown or sit at a restaurant and you can see the epidemic of cellphone usage.

Cellphone adoption among teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer. These are among the new findings from a nationally representative survey of 802 teens ages 12-17 and their parents which shows that:

  • 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of those own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.
  • About three in four (74%) teens ages 12-17 say they access the internet on cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices at least occasionally.
  • One in four teens (23%) have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population.
  • Older girls are especially likely to be cell-mostly internet users; 34% of teen girls ages 14-17 say they mostly go online using their cell phone, compared with 24% of teen boys ages 14-17. This is notable since boys and girls are equally likely to be smartphone owners.

“Text Neck” describes what is more appropriately called by chiropractors and the medical community as neck strain and is typically from the overuse of neck muscles during certain activity, including using your cellphone.  While the use and technology of our cellphones seems to be increasing, so does our poor posture.  The variety of tasks we can now perform on our cellphones encourages us to stoop our heads, roll our shoulders forward and slouch while we surf the web or check our email.  This poor posture puts additional stress and weight on the spine and muscles that are attached to it.  Different areas of the spine, such as the disc, are designed to absorb the weight of our body but when we hear a notification and look down for extended periods of time it transfers this weight to the neck musculature.  This can initially cause overuse injuries in the muscles of the neck.  We have yet to see the long term effects of this new lifestyle of constantly looking downward but it does not look good.

Tips to minimize Text Neck:

  1. Raise up your phone.
  2. Just put the phone down.
  3. Take a load off. A good rule of thumb is to take a five-minute pause for every 15 minutes of smartphone use
  4. Stretch – Neck muscles
  5. Get a yoga membership.
  6. See Your Chiropractor – To improve posture and minimize long term damage

 

Call Today to Book Your Teen for a FREE Posture Exam:  604-535-7373  South Surrey BC (web page)

 

Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), CPN

CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified Postural Neurologist
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

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Tips for Text Neck

If you’re like most people, you probably spend a little too much time hunched over a smartphone or other mobile devices, doing everything from socializing with friends to setting up important meetings. Unfortunately, this overuse can put your neck at an increased risk for poor posture and a painful condition commonly called “text neck.”

If you have text neck or have noticed more neck pain after using mobile devices, here are some tips to treat it.

Practice good posture

The average head weighs 10 to 12 pounds. But did you know that weight more than doubles when your head is tilted forward just 15 degrees? Worse yet, many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds.

With that in mind, try to keep your head and spine in neutral positions with the ears directly above the shoulders throughout the day. For example, hold your phone or tablet up a little higher, closer to eye level to minimize stress on your neck. If you have a desk job, remember basic things such as using a chair that helps your back stay upright, keep your feet flat on the floor, and position your monitor at eye level to avoid looking up or down too much.

Improve strength and flexibility

Performing some neck exercises and stretches on a daily basis can help treat text neck as well as reduce the risk of painful recurrences. When your neck muscles are strong and flexible, they’re better able to hold good posture and less likely to have a painful spasm.

Keep in mind that muscles in your chest, shoulders, and back play key roles in posture as well. For example, people with text neck also tend to have tight and weakened chest muscles from hunching over too much. Many of these muscles work together, so it’s a good idea to keep all of them strong and flexible.

Take breaks

Movement is good for the spine, including your neck. When possible, try to take frequent breaks from staring at phones, tablets, and computers. If you have a job that requires talking on the phone a lot, consider getting a headset to avoid holding or cradling the phone by your head for long periods of time—it puts less stress on your neck and has the added bonus of allowing you to move around more

Turn technology in your favor

There are phone apps available that can detect when your phone is being held at a bad angle for your neck. When the app senses a bad angle, it alerts you to hold the phone up higher.

Other ideas could include setting reminders on your phone for taking breaks throughout the day and using a pedometer to track steps and activity levels—becoming more active and spending less time looking down at a screen is a good thing.

If you have arm pain, tingling, or weakness in addition to neck pain, that could be a sign of a pinched nerve and should be checked by a doctor.

I hope these tips help you find relief from neck pain while you’re busy keeping pace in today’s digital world, and as always, stay healthy.

Source

http://spine-health.com/video/video-text-neck-treatment

The Consequences of Forward Head & Poor Posture (FHP)

The Consequences of Forward Head & Poor Posture (FHP)

 

According to Wikipedia Forward head posture (FHP) is the anterior positioning of the cervical spine. This posture is sometimes called “Scholar’s Neck”, “Wearsie Neck”, or “Reading Neck.” It is a posture problem that is caused by several factors including sleeping with the head elevated too high, extended use of computers and cellphones, lack of developed back muscle strength and lack of nutrients such as calcium.

Possible negative effects include tingling and numbness in the arms, and a burning pain between the shoulder blades, headaches, sore neck and shoulder muscles, TMJ and fatigue

Your human head weighs around 10 pounds, and when standing upright with perfect posture, it is stacked evenly over your cervical vertebrae, down your thoracic and lumbar spine, over your pelvis and finally down through your legs into the center of your feet. That 10 pounds of skull won’t feel all that heavy when your joints are stacked. The musculature of your neck acts like guide wires in all directions with no particular muscle group doing more work than the others at any given time. Now picture yourself looking down at your phone with your head tilted down and sagging forward. Your skull and vertebrae are no longer stacked, and the musculature in your neck and upper back now has to work isometric overtime to hold your head in that position. Over time, this will develop into a constant forward head posture. Your neck vertebrae will start to creep out on an angle so that your ears are always in front of your shoulders. The muscles in the back of your neck will lengthen and weaken and their fascia will thicken, leading to soreness and knots. The muscles in the chest and front of the neck will shorten. You may start to develop neck pain, headaches, or tingling in your hands. You won’t even stand as tall as you did before.

The first key to preventing forward head posture is to take inventory of your postural habits. Have someone take a picture of you sitting and standing normally. Are your ears over your shoulders or in front of them? Are your shoulders rounded forward or pulled back and down to open the chest? Having these pictures can give you clues as to where to start with your prevention or correction program and also show your progress over time.

Once you have evaluated your posture it’s time to get to work. Book an appointment with a Postural Chiropractor to ensure the best road for postural correction and start the road to better posture and health!

 

Fast Facts Regarding FHP:

 

  • Long-term forward neck posture leads to “long-term muscle strain, disc herniation and pinched nerves.” (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, March 2000).
  • Head posture distortion patterns affect postural stabilization. This is an important indication of the correction of head posture distortion patterns for better stability and balance. (Schieppati et. al., Neuroscience, 121 (2), 277-285).
  • In regard to respiratory dysfunction in chronic neck pain patients, a recent study “demonstrated a strong association between an increased forward head posture and decreased respiratory muscle strength in neck patients.” (Cephalgia, February 2009).
  • “For every inch of forward head posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” (Kapandji, Physiology of the Joints, Volume 3).
  • “Loss of the cervical curve stretches the spinal cord 5-7 cm and causes disease.” (Dr. Alf Breig, neurosurgeon and Nobel Prize recipient).
  • “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine,” says Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize recipient for brain research. Dr. Sperry demonstrated that 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used in relating the physical body to gravity. Only 10 percent has to do with thinking, metabolism, and healing, so when you have forward head posture, your brain will rob energy from your thinking, metabolism, and immune function to deal with abnormal gravity/posture relationships and processing.
  • According to Rene Cailliet MD, director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Southern California, forward head posture can add up to 30 pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine. This can pull the entire spine out of alignment. FHP results in loss of vital capacity of the lungs by as much as 30 percent. This shortness of breath can lead to heart and blood vascular disease. The entire gastrointestinal system is affected; particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel peristaltic function and evacuation is a common effect of FHP. It causes an increase in discomfort and pain because proprioceptive signals from the first four cervical vertebrae are a major source of the stimuli which create the body’s pain controlling chemicals (endorphins). With inadequate endorphin production, many otherwise non-painful sensations are experienced as pain. FHP dramatically reduces endorphin production.
  • FHP has been shown to flatten the normal neck curve, resulting in disc compression, damage and early arthritis. (Roentgenographic findings of the cervical spine in asymptomatic people. (Spine, 1986;6:591-694)

Need Help with Forward Head Posture? Call us Today 604-535-7373  South Surrey, BC  (web page)

 

 

Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), CPN

CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified Postural Neurologist
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

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A New Health Epidemic has arrived -“Digital Dementia.”

Have you ever stopped and looked at how your children are interfacing with their technology and realize that they have an “Old-Man” posture.  Have you noticed that they are slouched over their computer, phone or gaming device for long periods. Well you’re not alone. In fact research is showing that our posture and those of our children’s are declining at the speed of technology.

Overall 1.8 billion people own smartphones and use their devices on a daily basis. Some studies estimate that an average person checks their screen 150 times a day. Data shows that nearly 70 percent of 11 to 12-year-old kids use a mobile phone; 90 percent by the age of 14 (Williams, 2016).

Human postural decline is running rampant through today’s technologically dependent society. Adolescents and adults are suffering from the ill health effects and decline in cognition. OUR BRAIN’S ARE CHANGING DUE TO TECHNOLOGY! Developmental patterns due to technology utilization have drastically changed, and society is suffering from the epidemic of postural decline for it.

Digital Dementia is a modern day health epidemic resulting in a sensory mismatch in the brain from over utilization of technology and excessive slouched siting posture. Adolescents and adults with Digital Dementia experience a decline in cognition and short-term memory loss with similar symptoms associated with dementia. You and/or your children may be at risk for developing Digital Dementia if they spend hours per day seated in front of technological devices with poor posture and little movement.

It is undeniable that recent advancements in technology are beneficial to the advancement of society in an economic and business sense. However, the long-term effects of the technological era are still unknown. The Millenials are the first generation in history to be exposed to screens and mobile devices throughout all stages of their physiologic development.

The human brain is plastic and adaptable and always changing in response to the environment. Children’s brains are particularly adaptable in development, which is now when the brain is most exposed to technology. Young people are now being born into a world where it is normal to spend an average of 8 hours each day exposed to digital technology. This exposure is rewiring their brain’s neural circuitry.

According to Williams (2016) increased screen time neglects the circuits in the brain that control more traditional methods for learning in the frontal lobe. These are typically used for reading, writing, and concentration.

With loss of these important skills Digital Dementia has arrived. This term describes how overuse of digital technology is resulting in the breakdown of cognitive abilities in a way that is traditionally seen in people who have suffered a head injury or Alzheimer’s disease.

“Tech Neck” is forward head posture in response to looking down for prolonged periods of time, such as when sending a text message or checking social media on your phone. Patients with Tech Neck have a forward flex dominant posture. With increased flexor tone and deficient stimulation of extension, the patient inefficiently resists gravity. This is indication of dysfunction of the brain stem.

While children are sitting around using technology with sedentary postures they have an increased flexed posture  and a lack of stimulation to their balance system, the sensory cortex, and the motor cortex. While the balance system and the motor-sensory systems are under stimulated, the visual and auditory sensory systems are being bombarded creating an imbalance of cognitive brain information.

When patients have a more forward flexed dominant posture, not only do they look more primal they act like it too. They are angry, they lack empathy, they have no motivation, their sensory and motor pathways are blurred so they lack coordination, and their higher-level cognitive skills that make them human, are diminished.  Ever try to discipline your teen by trying to take their phone away – watch what happens!

Signs of Digital Dementia:

  • Forward Flex Dominant posture
  • Developmental delays
  • Inability to remember number patterns or directions
  • Social seclusion
  • Lack of motivation

 

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12 WEEKS TO BETTER POSTURE

12 Weeks To Better Posture

As a BC 1st CERTIFIED CHIROPRACTIC POSTURAL NEUROLOGISTS, we realize that just exercise alone is not enough to make significant changes to your posture.  To change your posture, and to have better overall health, it requires a mental and physical shift to a mindful and active lifestyle habits.

It is for that reason we have developed a 12 WEEKS TO A BETTER POSTURE TM program that emphasizes the three essential components for long-term postural correction: Spinal Alignment, Postural Rehabilitation, And Postural Habit Re-Education.

Spinal Alignment: is critical to postural correction. Regardless of how many postural exercises a person does, they simply cannot correct their posture if their spine is out of proper alignment.

Postural Rehabilitation: works in synchronicity with proper spinal alignment, because when the spine is in alignment there is improved efficiency of the surrounding postural musculature. Our Postural Rehab Specialist will design a specific and tailored postural and balance exercise program for you. And don’t worry there is little or no equipment involved and can be initiated at any health level.

Posture Habit Re-education: This component is as equally essential to long-term postural correction as spinal alignment and postural rehabilitation. Posture habit re-education involves mindful living and intentional movements to maintain proper posture throughout the day. Mindfulness in posture involves recognizing when you tend to have poor posture, then re-educating your physiology to function with better posture in those situations.

Spinal Alignment, Postural Rehabilitation, and Posture Habit Re-education are the fundamental practices for long-term postural correction and changing the neuro-plasticity in your brain. Although exercises are beneficial, in this day and age they are not enough. Your posture is a reflection of how you present yourself to the world, there is simply no better time than the present to take control of your posture and enhance your ability to look better, move better, and feel better!

To learn more and begin your journey to better health and less pain click HERE

 

OR contact us directly below

 

 604-535-7373
www.injoylife.ca/contact-us/

 

 

12 WEEKS TO BETTER POSTURE AND HEALTH

As a BC 1st CERTIFIED POSTURAL NEUROLOGY CHIROPRACTOR, we realize that just exercise alone is not enough to make significant changes to your posture.  To change your posture, and to have better overall health, it requires a mental and physical shift to a mindful and active lifestyle habits.

 

It is for that reason we have developed a 12 WEEKS TO A BETTER POSTURE TM program that emphasizes the three essential components for long-term postural correction: Spinal Alignment, Postural Rehabilitation, And Postural Habit Re-Education.

 

Spinal Alignment: is critical to postural correction. Regardless of how many postural exercises a person does, they simply cannot correct their posture if their spine is out of proper alignment.

 

Postural Rehabilitation: works in synchrony with proper spinal alignment, because when the spine is in alignment there is improved efficiency of the surrounding postural musculature. Our Postural Rehab Specialist will design a specific and tailored postural and balance exercise program for you. And don’t worry there is little or no equipment involved and can be initiated at any health level.

 

Posture Habit Re-education: This component is as equally essential to long-term postural correction as spinal alignment and postural rehabilitation. Posture habit re-education involves mindful living and intentional movements to maintain proper posture throughout the day. Mindfulness in posture involves recognizing when you tend to have poor posture, then re-educating your physiology to function with better posture in those situations.

 

Spinal Alignment, Postural Rehabilitation, and Posture Habit Re-education are the fundamental practices for long-term postural correction and changing the neuroplasticity in your brain. Although exercises are beneficial, in this day and age they are not enough. Your posture is a reflection of how you present yourself to the world, there is simply no better time than the present to take control of your posture and enhance your ability to look better, move better, and feel better!

 

To begin your journey to better health and less pain
CALL TODAY 604-535-7373
Book online (Click Here)

 

Dr. Thomas Burge D.C., Kin (Hon)

CEO of In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care

Certified Postural Neurologist

Kinesiologist