Text Neck, Computer Neck, or Forward Head Posture? Here’s Your Solution

 

Do you find yourself on your tablet, computer, cell phone or other hand held device more and more?  Have you noticed, or even worse, have others noticed that your posture has gotten worse over the years? At Team Health Care Clinic, we have seen an incredible increase in injuries and pain from what is commonly called “Text Neck,” “Computer Neck,” or Forward Head Posture. If not corrected, it leads to stubborn neck pain, upper and lower back pain, headaches, shoulder pain and even poor breathing. It later can lead to bulging and eventually degenerative disc disease.  How can a forward head posture create all of these conditions?neck pain

The problem with Forward Head Posture

We first need to consider that the head is a 10-pound weight sitting on the top of the spine if one has ideal, perfect posture.  However, for every inch one’s head moves forward, we add 10 pounds of adjusted weight to the neck and back.  So a patient with one-inch forward head posture is applying 20 pounds of weight to the neck and back musculature, vertebra and discs. Two inches forward is 30 pounds of weight and so forth.

Hour after hour, day after day, this extra strain creates an accumulative injury. Vertebral misalignment, knotted muscles and damaged discs eventually develop. The body tries to compensate by altering posture and kinetics, resulting in injuries in the low back, shoulders and arms as well.

This has become an epidemic due to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and poor posture.  Fortunately, at Team Health Care Clinic, our combination of providers developed a unique Forward Head Posture (FHP) rehab program that has proven success.

How does it work?

The FHP program incorporates principles from The Pettibon System, the experience of our chiropractors, and the expertise of our physical therapists. In addition to regular chiropractic adjustments, the patient is engaged in rehab “stations” each time they come in. These stations may include, forward head posture supine traction, standing traction, an innovative rehab chair with a weighted head band, and more. The 20-30 minute treatments are pleasant and not particularly strenuous, just precise for this condition.

Are you a candidate?

The success is high due to our patient selection process.  A patient starts with neck x-rays to determine if they have a forward head posture. This requires the doctor to make a series of measurements that is reviewed with the patient.  If the measurements confirm the condition, a second x-ray is taken while wearing a rehab, weighted head band.

This x-ray determines if the patient’s neck responds well to the procedure.  If the x-ray demonstrates some immediate improvement, it gives the doctor more certainty that the patient will respond permanently with the full FHP program.  Approximately 5-10% of patients will be screened out.  Midpoint and final x-rays are performed to determine the patients progress.

If you suspect you have worsening posture, start with neck x-rays and determine if you are even a candidate for the program.  If you are already a patient, we may be able to use your previous x-rays as a starting point.  Don’t wait until there are signs of damage from years of strain to your neck and back.

Joe Bertsch, DC

Joe Bertsch, DC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allergy Relief with NAET

Many people are plagued by the symptoms of allergies which include sinus problems, rashes, headaches, joint pain and more. Over the counter and prescription treatments often have undesired side effects. For those looking for an effective way to eliminate the cause of your allergies, I suggest you look into NAET.

What is NAET?

NAET stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique and is named after the doctor who developed it.

NAET combines healing techniques from various medical disciplines including allopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, kinesiology and nutrition. It is a completely natural, non-invasive and drug free holistic treatment. The NAET protocol allows practitioners, with incredible accuracy, to test a patient to determine sensitivities. This includes substances that promote an immediate allergic response in a patient as well as substances that cause a delayed immune response (hypersensitivities).

Once a patient’s allergies have been identified, NAET allows the practitioner to assist the patient so that the body will no longer identify that substance as an “allergen,” thereby eliminating the body’s immune response to that item. In other words, patients can now safely consume the food or come into contact with the substance without getting sick from it! Up until NAET, avoidance and drug therapy were the primary choices for treatment for those suffering from allergies.

How does it work?

Allergies are identified by the doctor using kinesiology in the form of muscle response testing (MRT.)  MRT works as follows: any given muscle will display weakness in the presence of an allergen (incompatible energy), thereby indicating the allergen is adversely affecting the body. Conversely, a strong muscle response indicates the substance is compatible with the body and there is no allergy present.

If the muscle response is weak, the patient will then be treated holding the allergen in his or her hand, while the nervous system is stimulated up and down the spine by a series of gentle pressures. The patient will then be tested using MRT after the treatment. A strong muscle test in the presence of the allergen indicates that the substance has now been accepted by the brain as compatible.

The fact that a person’s allergies can be eliminated has already changed the lives of many of those who have taken NAET treatments. We have numerous examples of patients in our Champlin, MN clinic who have gotten rid of their allergies and been able to resume a more normal life.

Jay Bertsch, DC

Reducing Muscle Aches and Pains with Rapid Release Therapy

In the past week, Team Health Care Clinic has been excited to introduce a new adjunctive therapy to our clinic called Rapid Release Therapy.  This new therapy utilizes vibration technology to help alleviate muscle tightness, spasms, and minor aches and pains.  In a blog on Rapid Release Technology’s website, one chiropractor in Florida who uses Rapid Release has found great success with numerous top-level sprinters in the world.  So, how does this vibration therapy work?

How vibration affects muscles

To begin it’s important to understand how vibration works at a micro-level.  When a muscle is tight, muscle spindle fibers are “set” at a rate of contraction or spasm. When a vibration stimulus is applied to a tight muscle or knot, there is activation and subsequent relaxation of these muscle spindle fibers, allowing muscles to relax.

Muscle aches - Rapid Release

Dr. Starr demonstrates Rapid Release Therapy

In addition, vibration helps dampen and quiet pain fibers.  There are two major types of nerves that carry information to the brain.  Small diameter nerves carry information about pain to the brain at a very slow rate.  On the other hand, large diameter nerves carry sensation, joint position sense, proprioception, and of course, vibration information.  These are carried at a very fast rate. When more large diameter nerves are stimulated, it dampens and calms the small diameter pain fibers, causing a decrease in pain.  The perfect example of this is when someone hits their elbow on something.  What’s the first response? Rubbing their elbow.  This activates these large diameter nerves so that the pain lessens and it doesn’t hurt as much.

Why is Rapid Release Therapy better than the device I use at home?

What makes Rapid Release Therapy different from other vibration instruments is the frequency at which it works.  While most vibration tools work at lower frequencies anywhere from 40-80 Hz, Rapid Release works at a frequency of 160 Hz.  This major increase in the speed and frequency of which this tool works provides greater stimulation of these large diameter nerves to lessen pain.

We are excited to provide this therapy and utilize the benefits of vibration in conjunction with other therapies.  Interested in trying it out?  Stop in today to talk about how this new therapy in our clinic can benefit you.

Erik Starr, DC

Erik Starr, DC