• Digital lifestyle syndromes

  • Digital lifestyle syndromes are a problem. Are you a forward head posturedigital life style warrior?  You are 20-50 years old.  You sit at a desk, working on a computer 8-10 hours a day.  You even work on your laptop during your commute sometimes.  You stay current on all social media and the news on your phone of course.  You are healthy and fit; you exercise at the gym few times per week because health is really important to you.  Yet, you have pain.  I’m guessing painful knots in your shoulders, back, maybe headaches, even some pain, tingling and numbness here and there, slumped posture, back pain, neck pain.  Don’t you wish that you are not just feeling better, that you not just have less pain, but feeling well and you have no pain so you can work and do what you love doing? We can help!

    These three digital lifestyle syndromes are due to using technology too much and/or in a bad posture. Learn what they are and how to reverse the negative effects.

    Forward Head posture

    Forward head syndrome

    Technology is a major cause of forward head posture. “For every inch of forward head posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” (Kapandji, Physiology of the Joints). Rounding of the shoulders from sitting, overdeveloped pectoral muscles, weak upper back muscles also lead to forward head posture. Lifting weights and exercising in forward head posture leads to strain on the muscles and joints, disc compression and chronic pain.

    Here is how you can counteract the daily stresses leading to forward head posture.

    1. Minimize time especially on the cell phone and lap top.
    2. Do these simple exercises daily to stretch the anterior neck and chest muscles. Wall angels, exercise ball stretching on your back with arms to the side, corner chest stretches.
    3. Practice neck extension for few minutes before going to bed. Roll up a face towel, position it at the edge of your bed, place the neck over the towel so your head hangs off the edge for 5-10 minutes.

    Psoas syndrome- Short hip flexors

    Psoas major muscle - treatment and stretches.
    Meet your psoas muscle

    Short hip flexor syndrome can manifest as lower back pain, herniated disc, or SI joint dysfunction. It is one of the most missed diagnosis by orthopedists and osteopaths. The reason for this is where the psoas muscle attaches. It originates at T12 and attaches to the T12-L4 vertebral bodies and the L1-L5 transverse processes. It aids in the side bending of the spine and is the primary flexor of the hip. Prolonged sitting, weak abdominal muscles and repetitive motions such as running are the major cause of psoas spasm.

    Here is how you can counteract the daily stresses leading to psoas syndrome.

    1. Take frequent breaks from sitting.
    2. While sitting make sure the knees are lower than the hips.
    3. Strengthen the abdominal muscles.
    4. Deep stretch of the psoas muscles.
    5. Wear proper footwear while running
    6. Foam rolling the quads, glutes and piriformis muscles.

    Scapular -Shoulder blade depression syndrome

    This syndrome is due to the scapula sitting too low on the posterior chest wall. It can present as shoulder impingement, rotator cuff dysfunction, shoulder subluxation, neck pain with or without radiating pain to the arms.

    Scapula subluxation
    depressed scapula

    The most common causes of scapular depression syndrome is weakness in the elevator muscles of the scapula, elongated posterior neck muscles due to the forward head syndrome, poor posture and shoulder injuries.

    Here is what to do

    1. Posture correction through strengthening the posterior neck muscles
    2. Strengthening of the middle and upper trapezius muscles.
    3. Stretching of the chest muscles.
    4. Improve shoulder alignment and mobility

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