Sarasota Chiropractors

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:41

What Is Text Neck?

Look around!  Everyone, everywhere can be seen texting.  The distinct posture of tilting the head forward forces the neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments to strain to hold the head up has been labeled as "text neck".  The most common symptoms of "text neck" are neck pain, stiffness and soreness. In addition, looking down at your cell phone too much each day can lead to shoulder pain and tightness, muscle spasm, and upper back pain ranging from nagging to chronic pain.
 
A new study published in the Surgical Technology International suggests that looking down at a cell phone is the equivalent of placing a 60-pound weight on one's neck.  Kenneth Hansraj, a New York back surgeon, found this figure using a computer model of a human spine. An average human head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds, and tilting it down to send a text increases the gravitational pull.  "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"
 
At Chait Chiropractic Center we are seeing signs of premature degeneration of the spine in patients who are decades younger than would typically be expected. In the past this type of wear and tear related damage has generally been more common in older adults. Dr. Chait is especially concerned about the potential health impact on teenagers, among the most frequent text message users, whose spines are still developing. 
 
There are many ways to avoid straining the neck while texting:
 
•Move your cell phone to eye level so the head doesn’t have to be tilted. 
•Stand up straight. Good posture, with the shoulders pulled back, keeps the body aligned in a neutral position.
•Change positions when texting.  Lying on one's back is an excellent way to relieve pressure on the neck. 
•Arch and stretch. Arch the neck and upper back backward periodically to ease muscle pain. 
•Take frequent breaks. 
 
The bottom line is to avoid looking down with your head bent forward for extended periods throughout the day. Try being mindful of your posture. As a service to the community Dr. Chait offers complimentary posture analysis.  Please call Chait Chiropractic Center at 941-371-1070 to schedule an appointment.

 

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:18

Why Suffer With Back Pain?

Low back pain is a very common condition.  In fact, back pain is the second most common cause of visits to the doctor's office.  There are several conditions that can lead to low back pain, including: sprained muscles, strained ligaments, inflamed joints, trigger points and ruptured or bulging discs. While accidents or sports injuries may result in injury and pain, sometimes the simplest movements like bending over to pet a cat could have painful results.

Here are a few of the most common causes we see at Chait Chiropractic Center

Subluxations:  When there is abnormal movement or position of the vertebrae the result can be inflammation and pain.  Fortunately, subluxations are easily treatable and quite often you will notice a decrease in pain immediately after treatment.

Stress: Your body responds by tensing the muscles whenever you become stressed.  If you are stressed constantly, the chronic tension causes your muscles to be sore and full of spasms which contain trigger points.

Sprains and Strains:  This is commonly the origin of low back pain among "weekend warriors".  People who don't work out at all during the week push themselves when the weekend arrives.  This may cause extreme low back pain and misalignments of the spine (subluxation).

Because there are so many causes for low back pain, it is very important to seek professional help.  Researchers once considered that back pain will heal itself.  We have now learned that this is not true.  Recent studies established when back pain is not treated, it might disappear temporarily, but it will probably return.  Dr. Chait has been helping people with low back pain for over 30 years.  Contact Chait Chiropractic Center at 941-371-1070.......we could help!

 

Monday, 19 December 2016 11:38

Chiropractic Care For A Holly Jolly Spirit

Tis the season for the holidays, food, family and cheer! And for many a stressful time of year. While there is so much to be grateful for, it is also easy to get wrapped up in everything and forget to take care of your own health.
 
Everyone knows the holidays can be stressful: Dealing with family members you disagree with, finding money to pay for gifts, traveling and being stuck in airports or being alone if you have lost loved ones. Everybody has a different reasons but the end result is the same. Your body deals with stress by tensing up, headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, low back pain etc. Many people “throw their back out” every year around the holidays because they are stressed out and neglect their body. You need to put yourself first once in a while, fix the cause of the problem and get adjusted to treat and prevent injuries from happening repeatedly. Chiropractic is powerful and helps deal with stress on the body.
 
Are you the type of person who goes out hunting for the perfect tree? Do you have boxes of heavy decorations up in the attic or out in the garage? Do you perform circus-type acrobatics trying to hang the Christmas lights? Decorating itself can cause some injuries if we are not careful. Don’t be a Christmas casualty this year. If you overdo it by hanging Rudolph on the roof, you need to get yourself checked out.
 
Don’t let the holiday season turn you into a Scrooge. This is the time for family, friends and food! This holiday season, don’t hesitate to come see us. At Chait Chriopractic Center we help get you back on track physically so that you feel great and you are ready to actually enjoy the holidays. Call us today at 941-371-1070 to schedule a complimentary consultation and posture analysis with Dr. Chait.