With the advent of the computer, cell-phone, tablet, and now the 8+ hour a day desk job postural issues have become an epidemic. We as a population tend to look down more than up and because of this have increased the prevalence of neck pain, back pain, and sped up the degeneration of our spine. This posture is commonly called upper-cross syndrome and is a predominate culprit in causing tingling in the hands and can coincide with misalignments in the upper cervical spine.
So what does this all mean to you?
When you don’t monitor and watch your posture on a consistent basis you put yourself in a position (literally) that can create a myriad of issues. Here are some key terms and postures to look out for.
- A little as an inch forward can double the weight/strain put on your neck and low back
- Shortens your pectoral muscles which put strain on your brachial
plexus (where ALL your arms nerves travel through)
lead to thoracic outlet syndrome (numbing of the arms and hands)
This is just a short list of things that can cause neck pain and tingling in the hands. To best analyze these postures a Posture Screen Analysis is recommended. Dr. Griffith performs these on a case-by-case basis with your initial examination.
Figuring out the root cause of your issues can be extremely complex but your best bet is to visit Movement Chiropractic and Wellness to get a full postural and spinal analysis by Dr. Griffith. If you are one of the many who experience tingling in your extremities please call 650.429.8132 or visit MVMTchiropractic.com to schedule your appointment to get your issues resolved. Don't want until next year to get your posture corrected and pain relieved!