Checking your smart phone too often has a major impact on your posture and overall health. According to the American Journal of Pain Management spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture. This forward head tilt occurs every time we look at our phone and effectively changes the weight of the head from 10-12 pounds to as much as 60 pounds. Over time, this puts excessive strain on the spinal joints and causes tension within the muscles of the neck, shoulders and upper back.
Four Wellness Sandy Springs offers 4 view postural assessments which includes a comprehensive report sent to you in a PDF file. You will learn,head to toe, in 4 views, how your structure is being impacted by your posture. One of the most eye openers clients have experienced is learning how much their head should weigh verses how much it “weighs” based on their posture.
For less than 1 personal training session you will receive:
- An initial 4 view postural assessment
- Customized exercise program with pictures and videos
- Online support
- A 4 week postural re-assessment
Being present and aware of your posture and having proper posture is an equilibrium in which there is no strain on the ligaments and a minimum expenditure of muscular force to maintain spinal alignment of the head, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.
Ways to combat text neck is to limit your smartphone use. Especially when you are trying to hide the fact you are on your phone. I suggest holding your smart phone at eye level with your arms at your sides so you are not straining your shoulders. Holding the smartphone at eye level keeps you from excessively flexing your head forward. For an added benefit, with your head upright gently squeeze your shoulder blades together 5 times once per hour. This will help strengthen your postural muscles.
Strengthen, loosen, and stretch your neck and upper back into proper alignment. The earlier you start, the better. A healthier you = a healthy overall well-being.
Your program will work if you work it! And results will be based on your compliance.
Practice Makes Perfect Posture!
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