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Sarasota Chiropractors

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 11:24

How Much Does Your Head Weigh?!!

 human head weighs around 10-11 pounds on average. When you have correct posture, your head doesn't feel like it weighs much at all because it is perfectly balanced and positioned. When Forward Head Posture begins to develop and your head begins to move forward away from its ideal postural position, the weight of your head begins to increase. For every inch the head moves forward of the shoulders, the weight of the head doubles due to the effects of gravity. This means that there are some individuals are walking around with a head that weighs between 50 to 75 lbs.! Long term Forward Head Posture (FHP) can cause all sorts of problem such as migraines and headaches, neck and shoulder pain, TMJ dysfunction, lower/middle/upper back pain, disc degeneration and numbness or tingling in the arms and/or hands.

Some causes of the Forward Head Posture are:

Backpacks: Children are now using backpacks to carry school books weighing up to an alarming 30-40 lbs.! This forces the head forward to counter-balance the weight resulting in abnormal stress to the discs, joints and nerves of the neck, shoulders and lower back.

Computer Ergonomics: Positioning computer screens too low, coupled with the repetitive motion of moving the head forward to read the screen is a primary factor in FHP.

Video games/TV: Most kids use poor posture when playing video games and watching TV. Repetitively sitting in one position for long periods of time causes the body to adapt to this bad posture.

Trauma: Falls and trauma can cause whiplash resulting in muscle imbalance. This pulls the spine out of alignment forcing the head forward.

Monitoring good posture is essential for optimum health. Dr. Chait has been helping people correct and/or prevent Forward Head Posture for almost 30 years here in Sarasota. With a personalized treatment plan you can be assured a future of doing things you love to do rather than suffering from damage and degeneration that poor posture can cause.  Call Chait Chiropractic Center at 941-371-1070 to schedule a complimentary posture analysis today

 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:18

Did You Know That All Spines Are Different?

Just as no two people are alike, no two spines are alike!  In fact, spines can vary greatly from one to the another.  For example, although anatomists tell us that there are five lumbar (lower back) vertebrae, some people have four and others have six!  Similar variations occur with the number of thoracic (mid back) and cervical (neck) vertebrae.  There are also many variations in the spine's shape, curve, muscles, ligaments, nerve and blood supply.  Thus our spines are as unique as our faces.

Although many spinal variations are congenital ( we are born with them.) others are acquired through long-standing spinal nerve stress or vertebral subluxations(misalignments that cause nerve dysfunction). Stress and trauma can also cause variations in the shape and condition of the spinal column.  Dr. Chait has been helping people in the Sarasota and surrounding areas for almost 30 years.  Call Chait Chiropractic Center at 941-371-1070 for a complimentary posture analysis and consultations to see how chiropractic can help you and your unique spinal needs.

 

 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:15

Can Scoliosis Be Prevented?

Scoliosis can be a difficult condition and cause both physical pain and emotional suffering. The sideways bending of the spine may begin with abnormal posture and it can end in deformity. If not treated it can progress and effect your heart, lungs and many other organs. The good news is that there can be help for people that suffer with scoliosis.

Scoliosis can occur from age 8 - 18 and occurs more often in females.  Some people are born with this spinal condition.  Others get it from bad posture, carrying backpacks, uneven leg length and different injuries. In many cases the cause is unknown. This is called Idiopathic Scoliosis.

In the early stages of child development an alert parent may notice that one shoulder is higher than the other, the head is slightly off center and clothes do not hang properly. Back and leg pain may develop but are often overlooked as merely "growing pains." Early detection is critical and neglect is the biggest danger with scoliosis. If allowed to advance, it can steadily worsen and severe cases may involve surgery. This procedure implants steel rods to the spine to force it to straighten.

Chiropractic care has helped many avoid the unhappy effect of scoliosis. The procedure is simple.  First, a thorough examination helps detect scoliosis in its' early stage. Then, corrective action can begin at once.  At Chait Chiropractic Center the primary course of care is a program of specific chiropractic adjustments, exercise and traction. These help improve the function and structure of the spine. Muscles strengthen. Posture can improve.

Chiropractic care has helped countless people  reclaim their health, posture and self esteem.  Why not come in to see what chiropractic care can do for you.  Call us at 941-371-1070 to schedule a complimentary consultation.