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Text Neck – A New Hertfordshire Epidemic?

Text Neck – It’s Not Just A Posture Problem, It’s A Health Problem

text neck hertfordshireParents are right to be concerned about the hours their children spend looking down at their phone.  And of course it’s not just children on mobile phones – it’s you too most likely.

The forward head posture caused by continual mobile phone and now tablet use is going to be responsible for more than just neck pain and headaches.

Text Neck can cause or contribute to upper back pain, shoulder pain and far worse.

Rene Caillet, Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Southern California points out these facts about forward head posture:

Forward head posture leads to loss of optimal spinal motion and function.

Optimal spinal motion is necessary for endorphin production (the chemical mediators that help reduce pain). Without this endorphin production the rest of the body tissues can become more sensitised to pain.

Forward Head Syndrome can deplete lung capacity by as much as 30%

Forward Head Syndrome can deplete lung capacity by as much as 30%.  Shortness of breath can lead to heart and blood vascular disease.

Forward head posture can cause the entire gastrointestinal tract to be affected, particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel function and evacuation are a common sequel associated with this postural weakness and may lead to toxic effects.

Apart from banning the use of mobile phones and tablets here’s what you can do:

Encourage Good Posture and get regular posture checks.

The International Posture Association recommends everyone should get their posture checked at least annually from the age of six.  In line with these recommendations we offer free spinal and posture health checks at Body In Balance. Give us a call today on 01707 662 704 to book a check up. It will only take about 20 minutes in total.

Poor Posture – Die Young (scary but true)

 

 

The Devastating Effects of Poor Posture

Poor Posture = Poor Health


The International Posture Association recommends everyone should have yearly posture checks from the age of 6. Why?

It is because poor posture has a devastating effect on your health – especially forward head posture.  Does this look like you, or someone you know?

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Over 100 years ago two doctors at Harvard Medical School performed hundreds of autopsies and determined 99% of all disease was down to ‘bad posture’ putting undue mechanical pressures on muscles, joints, internal organs and blood vessels.

20 years later, another American doctor, Henry Winsor, was more specific, finding a 96% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.

More recent research has confirmed these early findings, that poor posture is related to disease and a shorter life.

Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.

-American Journal of Pain Management 1994, 4:36-39

Forward head posture leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, and pinched nerves.

-Mayo Clinic, Nov 3rd, 2000

The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for healing, metabolism, and thought.

-Roger Sperry, Ph.D. (Noble Prize in Physiology)

Some poor posture relates to birth injuries, so although the International Posture Association recommends checks on posture form the age of 6, some would argue it is worth having spines checked from birth.

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What you Can Do About Your Poor Posture Right Now

If you are nearby then you can take advantage of our free posture screening.  Call the clinic on 01707 662 704 and we will fit you in for a 15 minute check, in which we will give you the most up to date advice specific to your postural strains.

If you are not local, then this may be for you…

The ‘At Home’ Forward Head Posture Correction Exercises

For many years I had planned to create my own exercise program for patients, but I have recently found someone else has already done a great job.

Fill in your details below to get access, and I will send you my ‘Good Posture Report’ for free, and keep you updated with the latest findings and tips to improve your health.

Remember to check your email.

Understand Your Pain

Understanding the Pain of Fibromyalgia and Arthritis

If you have been struggling with pain then these two videos should help you come to an understanding of what is going on, and give you some hope.

One Step Cure For Arthritis

Understanding Chronic Back Pain and Fibromyalgia

Functional Health Care

If you think starting with some basic supplements is all you need then see our products pages Pain Relief Supplements

Porridge – Good or Bad?

Porridge – Good or Bad?

While traditional porridge oats has many health qualities it may surprise you to know that it has more calories per serving than a bowl of Kellogg’s Frosties!

This is bad news for diabetics, people with any kind of pain or inflammation (e.g arthritis,cancer,dementia) or if you are trying to lose weight.

What you really need is a no sugar or ‘ketogenic’ version.

So here is a much healthier, delicious hot or cold ketogenic recipe.

Take an equal amount of flaked almonds and pecans (70g each) (or soak whole almonds overnight to soften them) and blend them together with a small amount of coconut milk (100ml) and a bit of nutmeg.

You can then add more coconut milk and heat it if you wish – and add some berries on top too.

I have also tried blending in cashews, and adding cinnamon (which is very good for blood sugar control).

The original recipe is in the TeamHannah Ketogenic cookbook which is available in the clinic for £15 or online – http://www.teamhannah.com/the-team-hannah-cookbook/

Buy it if you A) want to raise some money for a cancer therapy Hannah and I believe in or B) don’t want to spend a few minutes searching the internet for ketogenic recipes (there are lots, so easy to find).

Let me know what you think – you can post on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/BodyInBalanceUK/

…and if you would like more recipes email me so I can get some together.

Be Well

Dr Chris

More on choosing a healthy diet:
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/how-to-choose-the-right-diet-to-be-healthy/

Fibromyalgia Treatment Hertfordshire

Fibromyalgia is a painful condition, often related to chronic fatigue and brain fog.

It is poorly understood, and often very hard to manage with conventional medicine.

Luckily, some people with diagnosed fibromyalgia may not actually have fibromyalgia at all but a treatable collection of problems that have to be managed together.  Some would argue that ALL fibromyalgia is treatable IF you can find the multiple causes.

Here is one testimonial from a happy patient who after receiving a course of spinal care, and taking the medicinal mushroom called ganoderma, along with a healthy eating plan, has made dramatic progress.

Each case we take on is individually assessed for their functional needs.  We seek to improve the function and health of the individual rather than treating any particular condition.

Book now for an Initial Consultation, either in person at the clinic, or via the phone or Skype on 01707 662 704

Related Posts:

The Cause of Fibromyalgia

Understand Your Pain

 

 

 

 

What Is Your Action Motivator

What is Your Action Motivator?

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A Happy, Beautiful, New Year To You.

Have you already made plans to make 2016 your best year yet?

And if not, why not?

Have you got any goals? Anything you have been meaning to achieve but have not yet?

Whatever your goal it’ll be easier with Optimal Health.

…and achieving your goals will be even easier if you know your ‘Action Motivator’.

If you don’t know what that is, then stop whatever you are doing and get this figured out first.

Your Action Motivator is the simplified version of your Big Why!

Your Big Why is the reason you get up in the morning to do ‘stuff’.

The reason why you get up and go to work.   And I’m not talking about the money – it’s what you plan to do with the money. So it could be to have exotic holidays, buy your spouse fantastic gifts, educate your children, full fill your charitable mission, buy a new Porsche, etc etc. Your action motivator is everything boiled down to a word or two, or at most a phrase.

You can probably guess my action motivator. Simply the word ‘Health’. Everything I do comes back to it. Does it help improve the health of my family? My own health? The health of my patients? My friends? My community? The Planet?

You do have different specific Action Motivators too. For instance at the moment I am planning to go on a detox with my wife – and although there is the health aspect there is also the very real and vein reason I want to have the body of Hollywood star, just to prove that I can do it.

So what is your Action Motivator?

If you have a goal revolving around health then I have more for you on my New Year message video.

In it I reveal the 4 main causes of 90% of modern disease. 4 things that no matter how old, young, fit or sick you are, if you take care of them you WILL improve.

So to kick start your health this year :

As a brief summary, the 4 main causes of ill health (the ‘Deadly Quartet’ are

  1. Toxicity
  2. Malnutrition (yes, even in Brookmans Park and the rest of the UK)
  3. Stress
  4. Lack of motion

If you are ready for change, and ready for action then at Body In Balance we aim to inspire you to be well and live better, in body mind and spirit by showing you ways to combat the Deadly Quartet daily. (some are easy, some are fun, and some are even delicious.)

Oestrogen Detox

The Toxic Baby

This excellent TED talk should make it abundantly clear why we ALL need to take active steps towards regular ‘detox’ fasts.

As a man I was particularly motivated by the idea of not wanting to develop eggs in my testicles!

Once you have watched the video scroll down to find out about a detox that actually works (most are pretty much a fad).

Avoiding hormone disrupting chemicals is not enough, as this research into just one chemical has found:
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-02-exposure-bisphenol-hard-everyday-life.html

You actually have to detox.

So, How to Detox?

Read my two blog posts, about the 7 Day Intense Dr Bob Rakowski Detox
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/how-to-detox/

You can watch my short video series here to discover my experience:

The Power of Breathing

Breathing.

We all do it.

But there is a difference between good and bad breathing.

Over the years I have been in practice I have come across many breathing techniques with various health benefits to, such as 7-7 breathing and 7-14 breathing

Today however is the time for 4-7-8 breathing.

It’s explained in the video:

 

It’s Your Health

Why You Need To Take Your Health Urgently!

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Just today I came across 6 articles that spurred me to remind you of this.

Most people say their health is important, yet only look after it once they lose it. And then they go to the doctors. Yet 80% of the time the advice they will get is inappropriate or dangerous.

Here’s why.

Nearly everything a doctor does is learned from a drug company rep. And as governments are beginning to realise – drug companies as a whole are more interested in your money (via tax)than your health.

And here are the 6 articles that reminded me of this today:

  • Drug companies hide the adverse effects of their drugs

http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/drug-companies-adverse-events/2015/07/27/id/659132/

  • Drug companies are being investigated more and more for corruption and bribery

http://www.pharmatimes.com/Article/15-07-30/11_pharma_firms_in_Romanian_bribery_probe.aspx

  • Diabetes drugs increase heart attack risk

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587%2815%2900044-3/abstract

  • Antipsychotics are a major cause of death in the elderly

http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201503/are-antipsychotic-drugs-more-dangerous-dementia-patients-we

  • Aspirin and Bowel Cancer

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2203800

  • VERY IMPORTANT – commonly prescribed drugs for heart burn actually increase heart attack risk. This is something that can definitely be avoided IF you get the right help. So give me a call if you know someone with heart burn.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/09/heartburn-drugs-could-increase-heart-attack-risk-scientists

If you want to start getting EPIC health, then call us on 01707 662 704, and get involved with building your health, your family’s health, and the health of the community.

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If you haven’t already watched my Philosophy and Prosperity videos, and listened to the related EPIC Health audios, then you can do so now, and find out how most people can make huge improvements to their health and future health of their family and friends:

https://youtu.be/i4catymWFeU   Prosperity of Health

https://youtu.be/Wl7YELyQ2F8 Map Your Philosophy

https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/epic-health-intro-part-1/

https://soundcloud.com/drchris23/epic-health-part-2

https://soundcloud.com/drchris23/epic-health-part-3

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