Does Your Kid Have a Smartphone or Tablet?

Chances are they do. And while technology in an of itself is not bad, the way we adapt to technology CAN be bad.

Chiropractor in Frederick treats neck pain from phone use
Staring at that phone will cause problems

Let’s talk about physics very briefly. If your head weighs about 10 pounds, and it is sitting right on top of your shoulders, then your head is supported and your muscles don’t need to work hard to hold it in place. If your head is hanging forward then your neck and shoulder muscles have to work hard to hold it up, and your neck’s normal healthy curve is being reduced or reversed. That normal curve is designed to hold the head over the shoulders. If your kid has bad posture then that curve will suffer and neck pain and headaches will result.

I’m in my 30’s. I didn’t grow up with a phone. I used a computer a little bit, but not all day like today’s kids. This generation is going to be the first generation that has a degenerative spinal repetitive stress injury – a major postural nightmare – from technology. While all this tech is great and fun and we can all Twitter and Instagram and all that stuff, our physical reality is suffering. Sure, the virtual reality our kids live in may be tons of fun, but the real reality with physical consequences is still here and the phone/computer posture will need to be reckoned with at some point. The earlier the better! Not to sound apocalyptic or sensational, but there is no doubt that the long-term consequences of prolonged forward head posture will cause havoc in the head and neck, with headaches and shoulder pain becoming chronic and intractable.

Don't let your kid's head turn into Bieber posture
Justin Bieber’s head posture – don’t let this happen to your kid!

Educate your kid about proper posture, about not being on the phone or computer too much, and about corrective exercises and about the signs of a developing problem. Some signs include:

  • headaches
  • pain at the base of the skull
  • shoulder pain
  • pain around and behind the eyes
  • pain, numbness or tingling in the arms or hands
  • forward head posture

To check your kids posture, try one of two things:

  1. Have then stand with their back to the wall. Is the head against the wall? If it’s more than an inch off the wall, then it’s too far forward. Don’t explain what you are doing, just ask them to stand against the wall.
  2. Just observe them while on the phone or computer – if the hole in the ear is more than an inch or so forward of the bump at the tip of the shoulder, then it’s too far forward.

Questions or comments, just call the office!

Car Accident Treatment at Frederick Chiropractic Office

We don’t do a whole lot of advertising of the fact that we routinely treat victims of car accidents or other types of motor vehicle injuries. Unfortunately, though, for someone who has been in a car accident…the pain can be nagging, debilitating, and can last for weeks or months. If untreated, the problem can become chronic and end up bothering you for a lifetime.

The human spine is an amazing thing, made up of DOZENS of joints, DOZENS of muscles, DOZENS of ligaments, and therefore there is a lot that can go wrong.

Looking at a car accident like a physics problem can be informative:
If you are in a car accident and one of the cars weighed 2 tons (a reasonable gueess) and was traveling at 20pmh upon impact, then the vehicles have a lot of “kinetic energy” that has to be dispersed. When a 4,000lb object collides with another large object, speed and weight combine to create a lot of energy. If you are in a vehicle then your body is our going to be exposed to some of that energy. When two cars collide then it is a second (or a FRACTION of a second) in which that energy is passed through the vehicle. As an occupant, some of that will be hitting you. No matter how much you see it coming and brace for impact, your body can absorb only so much energy before something fails. Maybe a seat belt will bruise your chest or break a rib? Maybe your neck will snap back and forth quickly, causing “whiplash”? Maybe your knee will slam into the dashboard? Maybe you will have micro tears in the muscles and ligaments of the head and neck? Many painful things can happen. In the physics equation where a huge heavy machine strikes another huge heavy machine, the occupant is the weakest link. If you were injured, that’s why.

So, long story short: if you were hurt in an accident (even if you feel like you are barely hurt), then it’s a good idea to get checked by our licensed car accident chiropractor at our office. We may order x-rays or MRI’s, but we will be able to tell if you need to be treated or not. The sooner you deal with whiplash or another type of collision injury, the better.

Car Accident Doctor Frederick Md

Headaches and Migraines

Many people suffer from headaches and migraines on a regular basis. Depending on the type of headache you have, your pain may be relieved with chiropractic adjustments.

There is a term, “cervicogenic headache”. This term describes a headache that is caused by a problem in the neck (also called the cervical spine). Hypertonic muscles (overly right muscles) in the back of the neck, where the neck meets the skull, can send pain all around the eyes. The pain may even feel like it is behind the eyeball. Other muscles, such as the muscles that go from behind your ear and around the side of your neck to your sternum, can also refer pain into and around the head causing a headache.

Many headaches are caused by stress, quite often from the stress that accumulates in the shoulder muscles and back of the neck. After prolonged tension in those areas a headache can develop. An adjustment to the bones of the upper back and neck often causes immediate relaxation of the involved muscles and the headache will begin to dissipate shortly after.

You can find some great details on research regarding headache and chiropractic by heading over to this link here.

Migraines are a different breed. They often come on with specific “triggers” such as red wine, chocolate, certain smells or foods, bright light or loud noises. Treating chronic migraines involves discovering the triggers and working to avoid this things as well as making sure the spine is clear of imbalances that may be an underlying exacerbating factor, or even may be the trigger. Research into the relationship between migraines and spinal disorder is in an early stage and no firm conclusions can yet be drawn, but as more information comes out we will update our research page to reflect this new information and incorporate the new research findings into our treatment protocols.