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    In so many ways, our smartphones make elements of our lives easier and more convenient, putting the world at our fingertips at a moment’s notice. But as we turn to our phones more often to connect, learn about the world and simply occupy downtime these technological tools have a downside. As we spend time looking down at our phones, we’re often bending our heads forward, slouching and rolling our shoulders forward, sometimes for long periods of time. When repeated and sustained, this can lead to pain in the neck and shoulders as well as injury to the spine, which over time can cause permanent damage. According to recent studies, the average person in the U.S. spends 2.8 hours bent in what some have begun to refer to as “text neck” or “iPosture,” the slouched stance many take while staring at the tiny to mid-sized screens of smartphones and tablets. Though the average head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, the effective stress put on our necks increases the more our heads tilt forward – from 27 pounds at a 15-degree tilt to 60 pounds with a 60-degree forward bend. “That’s excess strain about the cervical spine over hundreds of hours a year,” said Swan. “This can cause head pain, neck pain, pain in the arms, and even numbness. Such strain, numbness, and weakness can carry over into your everyday posture as you sit, stand, work and exercise. It can also lead to disc degeneration, herniation, osteoarthritis, and the rounding of the shoulders.” Swan says that those experiencing such pain and discomfort over a period of time should be evaluated by a licensed physical therapist. As specialists in strength and movement, a physical therapist can identify musculoskeletal weaknesses and work to help you achieve better balance and posture within your routine. In this spirit – and since smartphones and tablets won’t be going away anytime soon – Swan offers the following advice for preventing pain and injury when making use of such technologies: The eyes have it When looking at and using your smartphone, always hold it up to eye level. By preventing the need the tilt your head forward, you’re choosing not to put additional strain on the spine. Keep the chin in Jutting your chin out toward your phone, which is common when using such a device, you’re also adding strain to the neck and shoulders. So keep your chin up … and in. Stand a little help If you often use a larger tablet, laptop or hybrid of the two, don’t hold it up to eye level. Use a stand to do the lifting for you. To learn more about posture and to get an assessment of your own posture habits, contact your local physical therapist.


    We typically wish for those we love to live their best, most healthful lives. That’s why it can be both frustrating and worrisome when a loved one slips onto a more sedentary lifestyle track – one that could be harmful to their long-term well-being. You want to help them recommit to exercise and fitness, but you’re not sure exactly how to do it both lovingly and effectively. It begins with simply starting a conversation. We all want our loved ones to be around forever, so from the start, they should know you’re coming from a good place. And, while health and exercise may be difficult topics to breach, the long-term benefits are worth the uncomfortable conversation. Such outward benefits, of course, include more energy, increased productivity, a more positive attitude and a better sense of well-being. Over the long term, regular exercise improves heart health, lowers blood pressure, helps manage weight, and reduces the risk of numerous ailments and diseases. Let them know you care about their long-term health and well-being, and that you’re there to support them any way you can. Such support can come in several ways. Try the following: Set an Example: Your concern will certainly carry more weight if you regularly exercise yourself. But beyond that, resolve to also set a new wellness goal or try a new activity. People are more likely to be active and try something new when someone close to them is doing the same. Do Activities Together: The buddy system works. Exercising and being active together will help you both be more motivated, more willing to try new things, and develop more consistency. Make It a Routine: Speaking of consistency, this should be part of any new effort to be more active. Creating a routine is one of the best ways to establish accountability with one another (i.e., a little positive peer pressure) and help ensure the effort is long-lasting. Give Healthful Gifts: This can be touchy. However, if you’re both truly on board with helping one another be more active, gifts like a yoga mat, a fitness tracker, a piece of exercise equipment, or a gift certificate to try a new class or activity should be appropriate. Just Be Supportive: Re-establishing new routines and habits is difficult, especially if your partner’s been in a rut for a long period of time. Simply offering support, encouragement, a kind word, a listening ear, or a compliment can go a long ways. Also, if you discover pain or physical limitations are keeping your loved one from exercising or living a more active life, have him or her see a physical therapist. Following an initial assessment, a physical therapist can uncover the cause of the limitation, then establish a personalized program for treating and/or overcoming the issue in order to help them reach their goals.


    A new year offers the potential for new opportunities and experiences. For those who struggle with general and consistent anxiety, however, the prospect of the new year and the expectations that come with it can be tricky to maneuver. It’s with this in mind that our physical therapy team reminds you of one of the most natural and effective ways to ease anxiety symptoms any time of year is through regular exercise. Going for a walk, taking a bike ride, hitting the gym or signing up for an exercise class … they all can be powerfully effective tools for easing anxiety and its effects on your life and health. Anxiety Disorders According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), an estimated one in five adults and one in three teens experience chronic anxiety disorder each year. This disorder is defined as anxiety that’s persistent, excessive and routinely triggered by situations that aren’t actually threats. Though it’s a psychological condition, anxiety can take a toll on one’s physical health. High stress and anxiety have been linked to higher blood pressure and a greater risk of heart disease and stroke. Also, those who have high levels of anxiety tend to be more sedentary and avoid challenging situations, which can also have long-term health consequences. So, how does exercise help ease anxiety? Here are four ways this happens: Your brain chemistry changes. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals, like dopamine and endorphins in the brain, which contribute toward making you feel calmer and happier. General tension diminishes. Whether working out, competing, playing or dancing, moving your body reduces general muscle tension in the body, decreasing your general feeling of anxiety. You get distracted. Exercising can have a distracting effect, diverting your mind from the things about which you are or have been anxious. It’s also been shown that exercising outdoors, in nature, can calm your mind. You give your brain a boost. Several studies have shown that regular exercise can maintain, and even improve, cognitive function in the brain. That means exercise can actually help you strengthen your ability to weather high-stress situations. On its own, exercise may not completely solve your anxiety issues. Those suffering from chronic anxiety should discuss options with their personal physician. When possible, though, studies show that regular exercise should be part of any natural, long-term treatment for anxiety. Sticking with an Exercise Program And, if you struggle to stick with a consistent exercise regimen? Don’t just join a gym. Experts agree you should find an activity or activities you enjoy. Recruit a friend or friends for some social support, and set a SMART goal – an acronym that describes a goal that’s Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based.” Also, visit a physical therapist if pain, discomfort, weaknesses or chronic conditions are keeping you from exercising safely and consistently. Following an initial assessment, a physical therapist can develop a personalized exercise program that best aligns with your individual circumstances and goals.

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