Stop Text Neck before it’s too late!

Let’s say it’s a picture that dropped your jaw with wonder. It’s the best picture you’re seen of your daughter’s 4th grade Birthday party. Or that perfectly timed catch your teenage son made on the football field. Or you’re received the best text of your life and have to respond with every emoticon that fully describes how outstanding it was! Or the perfect blogpost that you want to finish before the end of the shift. Or you’ve spent way too much time on Facebook or playing your teenage son’s PlayStation all weekend long.

Face it, we are all spending more and more time on machines that are making our world closer to each other with technology, more beautiful (sometimes) and so interesting and fascinating that we now have access to information that no generation before us has had. Faster and faster every day.

Posture Is Important

But how often do you stop and look at yourself while you’re using the device in your hand, or how you look when you are slumping over your computer all day? When was the last time you saw a picture of you posture while you are slouching on the couch watching a marathon of Netflix movies? Unfortunately, our abnormal posture for hours on end has serious consequences and those consequences include neck pain and “text Neck. This is the consequence of having our head tilted down and bent and shifted forward while we shift our ribs backwards and make our shoulder round instead of upright like they should be. This posture eventually overwhelms the muscles, tendons ligaments, bone and nerves and the result is neck and head pain and upper back and arm and had pain as well as the sharp burning pains that feel like hot knives in between our shoulders that can lead to severe pain, disability and needless suffering with illness and poor health.

If you are suffering, you really must ask yourself these questions,

  1. What am doing to cause this pain?
  2. When is my posture poor?
  3. What can I do with my job positions and computers, devices and other technology that will reduce the total time in abnormal postures?
  4. Who can help?

The answers are,

1) Your Pain Is Caused By Nerves

Your pain is caused by nerves that are recognizing abnormal loads damaging stresses and firing sensations to your brain that you perceive as pain. Your body is trying to communicate with your brain to tell you that your positions are causing stresses and strains and this is leading to tissue damage. Stop the ongoing tissue damage and the pain will lessen if you haven’t had it too long. If you catch this pain and abnormal tissue soon enough, the pain often goes away completely. If you wait too long it can become permanent and chronic!

2) Your Posture Might Be Distorted

Your posture is poor anytime you are shifted or twisted or bent or stretched in a position away from normal for a prolonged period of time. If the posture is very distorted, it can only be a few seconds before your body will tell you to stop, but if it’s an insidious posture like text neck, it can cause slow damage over time leading to permanent abnormal posture. When your posture is normal, your head sits over your torso, your torso is over your pelvis and right above the mid-point in between your feet. From the side, normal posture is the ear lined up with the shoulder, the shoulder in line with the hips and the hips over the ankles.

Your posture is likely poor when you sit in front of a laptop, when you use a tablet or large phone for videos, texts threads, and surfing and its likely you don’t realize how much time you are spending like in abnormal postures. It’s likely you have poor posture if you ride a motorcycle, drive a truck for extended periods or work in many of the trades and industrial fields. Factory workers are at risk of posture-caused pain and suffering as are nurses, surgeons, therapists and veterinarians. Poor posture lurks on the trains we ride in the planes we fly in and those not-so-luxurious beds that we find in our hotels across the country. Poor posture is epidemic and the consequences are with neck pain and low back pain being some of the biggest reasons for disability in the world!

3) Be Aware Of Your Posture & Position

You can reduce the time in abnormal postures by first being aware of you position as frequently as possible. Doing a “posture check” to see how your body is positioned can begin to condition you to make good posture a habit. If you begin to work on your posture when you cook, brush your teeth, sit in the car on the way to work, and how you sit at the office, stand at your station, or whatever you may do, your awareness of better posture habits will begin to “work” on improving your posture, but you will need to be dedicated and check in frequently.

Unfortunately, most people who try to change their posture find that they are “stuck” in the abnormal posture and sitting up straight causes more pain, causes muscles to fatigue and acts as a negative reinforcement against improving posture. This vicious cycle will eventually lead to pain in both good postures and bad and can become permanent pain with suffering and disability as the end result.

4) We Can Help!

The doctors at Benchmark Medical Group in Windsor are truly experts in the field of postural and structural rehabilitation. Using CBP™ Structural Rehabilitation, CBP™ Chiropractic, Power Plate® Physical Therapy, GNAT total body rehab, weight loss, ergonomic and postural education and so much more, the doctors at Benchmark can show you where you posture needs to improve and we have the tools, expertise and technology to lessen your pain, make you stronger and show you the ways that you can change your posture.

We have specific Mirror Image® traction and gentle exercises than can restore normal structure and function to damaged spine, improve pain and range of motion and assist in stabilizing abnormal spines to allow more exercise, better posture and better overall health and quality of life. Our research is 2nd to none, and out application of the art of Spinal rehabilitation has benefitted more than 7500 patients in the northern Colorado area.

Come see what we can do to change your posture and your life! Stop text neck before it stops you. Ask us how 970-686-9117

Small Steps to Big Changes

We all want a body that we love right? That is the goal of many people’s health changes, they want to look better, they want to feel better and they want to function better for as long as they can. We’re supposed to love ourselves and our bodies, right? However, most people don’t know what the first steps to better health should be and even where to begin. This not knowing “how” to do what is necessary to really be healthy is sometimes so daunting that people choose to do nothing and make no sustainable changes that result in anything that even remotely resembles health.

The Battle Is Real

Face it folks, we are in a real battle over our waistlines and our bodies and our health overall. Fewer and fewer adults in America are at or even near normal body weight, and many of those that have “normal” weight have a poor body composition and they have a skewed muscle to fat ratio that makes them even more susceptible to the biggest killers including heart attack, diabetes, other cardiovascular disease, cancer, infection, thyroid and hormone problems and early death. We are in a sickness spiral in America.

Many people need to get a grip on their health and do it quick or the damage may be irreversible. Don’t be a statistic. You can change your life. You can take control. You are the master of your destiny and understanding that it just takes a series of very small steps to make huge changes in how you look and how you feel and function. Exercise doesn’t have to be hard. Just walk farther, move more, stretch, use your body as much as you can without hurting yourself. If you can start to move again, you will get the ball rolling and small amounts of daily exercise will begin to show you results over time. And most importantly get a coach! Our therapists and trainer can show you how to move and not injure yourself.

Small Changes Make A Difference

Small changes in your kitchen can have a huge impact. NO MORE SODA can change your life! Simply taking a few highly processed fat and sugar laden foods out of your diet and replacing them with real, whole fresh foods can benefit you in a matter of days, and over time, your gut and every part of your body will thank you for making the small step away from processed foods.

Small changes in your exercise and food habits, like always preparing meals at the same time and always designating time for exercise at the same time every day can begin to program you to make small changes grow into bigger and bigger achievements. If you can get to where you are walking two miles per day, you can reduce the risk of dying from all diseases by almost 50%! Think of the time you will have to spend with your children and grandchildren!

Simply replacing all of your fluids with water can have a profound impact on hair, skin, fingernails, wrinkles and fat loss. Simply improving your mineral balance in your body can get you feeling more flexible, less pain and better sleep. Simply balancing your hormones can get you losing weight, feeling younger and improving muscle. The changes do not have to be drastic to have a profound impact.

Getting your pain under control and fixing your posture can dramatically improve the quality of your life and as your posture improves, you’ll look and feel younger and stronger. Having a CBP Structural chiropractor is an important part of the small steps that can have huge impact. Less pain and better posture means fewer sleepless nights, fewer headaches, less back pain and better overall health and wellbeing!

At Benchmark Medical, we have the physicians, the technology and the tools to change your life. Call us today to see how or custom programs can show you the small changes that you can make to have huge impact on your life and your future!

What are you waiting for? Health is waiting for you, contact us today!

Choose to Change your Life!

We all have a choice in this life. Every interaction we have we have a choice that will determine whether or not we are better, happier, healthier, or more well-informed as a result of that interaction.

At Benchmark, we have made the choice to change the lives of the people we interact with in the complete transformation of their bodies, their lifestyle, and their ability to do the things they want to do. Our providers have the tools necessary to completely transform your body and your ability to use your body in the way that you desire in a way that you will not find in any other facilities.

We have techniques and tools that can completely transform you from flabby to fit; from lean-to-mean, and our performance enhancement tools can completely change who you think you are, and what you thought you could do with your body. If you are ready to understand what real transformation means, call us. Let’s talk about what your future can be.

The goals and dreams that you have about performing with your body can be realized if you are willing to do and experience what we have to offer. Come see why our patients Rave about our outcomes and experience for yourself the amazing transformation that can take place at benchmark. Learn what it feels like to be young again. You do not have to suffer; you do not have to have the pain that you are feeling now.

Our corrective Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Fitness, Weight Loss, Age Management & Anti-aging Medicine and Therapies can completely transform your body.

Choices Can Lead To Freedom

The choices that you make with your health can improve your outlook for more freedom to do what you want to do now, as well and the long term out loo of your freedom for longer and longer periods of time depending on your choices.

  • What would you do if you next choice of what you think say, or do could impact the interaction you have for the rest of your life?
  • What could you accomplish if you choose to make every choice the healthy one – the best choice, statement, or action to make the best possible outcome? What would you accomplish?

Many people in Windsor, Colorado don’t realize the jewel they have in Benchmark. We have flexible schedules, we have amazing therapists and we have the technology that gets the job done while being economical and affordable for the whole family. You are paying so much for your insurance, but what are you paying for the investment in your own health? Are you putting aside money for emergencies or are you investing in preventing illness, diseases and future problems?

Join Us For A Complimentary Educational Class

We have complimentary educational classes every week on Tuesday at 5:30 at 1180 Main Street. If you have metabolic diseases, obesity, pain, diabetes, inflammatory conditions or if you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, the doctors at Benchmark may have a solution for you!

If you want to talk about true overall lifestyle transformation, give us a call. Ask about our family specials!