3 Affects Occurring On Your Spine Due To The “I” Hunch
Your Spine Dislikes Gadgets
Your spine is prone to continual stress every single day. Your spine is specifically designed for two important functions. Its top priority is to protect the most important structure within your body… the central nerve system (brain and spinal cord). Secondly, the spine is designed to withstand stress, such as gravity, that is applied every single day. In this day and age the TOP stressor that plagues our body is “The Gadgets”. Cellphones, iPads, Kindle’s, etc. When we continuously look down at gadgets, our entire spinal structure is under constant stress.
#1 – The Reverse Neck Curve Begins
Postural deviations that start in childhood and are left undetected and uncorrected will generally lead to bigger problems when those children become adults. The more children are looking down at gadgets from earlier ages, the greater significance of cervical curve changes. These changes are not for the better.
#2 – Your Spine Is Working Overtime
Having your head in a forward posture can add up to thirty pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine. This can pull the entire spine out of alignment – Rene Cailliet, M.D. When we focus on the immediate we only focus on the cervical spine. When in reality the entire spine will have to work over time. This means that constant muscle tension, knots, and irritation will be existing all over the spine due to the imbalance in the neck area.
#3 -Your Spine Creates Unnecessary Stress
Constant forward head lean will put automatic stress on the central nerve system (CNS). When you begin to alter your spinal curvature due to repetitive stress, this will result in a variety of health problems. Why? Without proper spinal support, the spinal bones will create tension and stress on your CNS. Repetitive head lean is equivalent to adding an extra 60lbs of pressure on your spinal column…which means 60lbs of undo stress on your CNS.
Everyone has had poor posture at some point. It only becomes a problem if you decide not to do anything about it. Checking your posture and getting your spine checked for subluxations enables your body to adapt to the constant stress.