As wellness professionals, we see the effects of poor posture every day. The American Journal of Pain Management states that posture affects and moderates every physiological 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. A study done by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found evidence to support that poor thoracic posture shows a trend towards greater mortality.
It is time that we recognize that prolonged sitting in conjunction with excessive usage of mobile phones, tablets, and PCs is absolutely detrimental to our health. Over the past decade, the average time spent using a mobile phone increased from 0.3 hours a day to over 3 hours a day for the average adult. During phone usage, the typical posture of the neck is at 60 degrees flexion. As the head tilts forward, the weight of the head goes from 10-12 pounds in the neutral position, to over 60 pounds! Over time, this forward head position causes permanent ligamentous creep deformations that have lasting neurophysiological effects.
In addition to ligamentous damage, muscle adaptations begin taking place resulting in “Upper Cross Syndrome”. This is characterized by tightness of the upper trapezius, levator scapulae, and pectoral muscles along with weakness of the deep cervical flexors, and middle to lower trapezius muscles. As postural changes take place in the upper body, the lower body is also susceptible to weakened muscles, which increases the chance of injury.
Using a collection of symptoms and use of special tests, chiropractors can easily diagnose this syndrome and put a plan together to start reversing the changes.
Call us today to schedule your Adrenal boosting technique and receive your adrenal supportive supplements; your body will be glad you did!
Dr. Emily Paskorz & Dr. Kathleen Hartford
Health Pyramid Longevity & Vitality Center
Dr. Kathleen Hartford, a licensed Integrated Wellness Practitioner, Healthy Aging Expert, and NET licensed specialist, has dedicated herself to improving her patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. The author of FIT, FUN & FABULOUS AT ANY AGE, Dr. Hartford speaks all over the world to promote understanding among the healing disciplines and to help people reclaim their health and vitality.
According to a study published recently in USA Today, conducted by the Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, Millennials will be fatter than people 20 to 40 years ago even if they eat and exercise the same. The researchers concluded, after studying the data from nearly 51,000 Americans, that a person in 2006 eating and exercising the same as someone of an identical age in 1988 had a BMI about 2.3 points higher, meaning they'd be about 10% heavier. "Our study results suggest that if you are 25, you'd have to eat even less and exercise more than those older to prevent gaining weight," Jennifer Kuk, York University in Toronto.
And now they are finally acknowledging the role that toxins play not only in our risk of diseases such as cancer, but also in our increased fat deposits as our body desperately tries to protect delicate tissue by walling off these toxins in our fat. It is also why once you start to make progress in losing weight you'll often plateau. You see as you metabolize fat you release those toxins, in the form of organochlorides, into your system, which then interfere with your thyroids ability to function, stalling weight loss.
These toxins come from our environment, prescription drugs (esp. antidepressants) synthetic hormones (which are also in our environment as xenoestrogens) antibiotics, and artificial sweeteners all of which change our gut flora leaving us susceptible to weight gain, immune dysfunction (including autoimmune diseases) and yes even depression and learning disabilities!
With these new challenges to your health you need a more integrated approach to effectively lose weight and maintain your health. First you must have high quality nutrients available that include powerful anti-oxidants to manage the organochlorides as they are released into your system during fat metabolism. (They also help manage the daily assault from our foods, environment and pharmaceuticals.) You also require those nutrients to build healthy new cells as you body replaces itself on the molecular level every 11 months.
Another wonderful tool we utilize is called a FitBomb. The FitBomb is an infrared sauna that is equipped for you to perform resistant band workouts while building muscle and efficiently metabolizing fat. Another wonderful thing about the FitBomb, as you work out in the infrared sauna yo ur sweat rate increases and 40% of that sweat is composed of toxins.
The thinking that needs to shift is as follows: You do not get healthy by losing weight. As you reclaim your health by making healthy choices and participating in health supportive activities, your fat will melt away and your weight will normalize for your healthy body.
For more information on our weight loss and health reclamation approaches contact Health Pyramid at 1-800-893-5000.
Yours in health,
Dr. Kathleen Hartford
1.USA Today It was easier to be thin 20 years ago. Michael Harthorne, Newser10:05 a.m. EDT October 3, 2015
CREDENTIALS: Dr. Kathleen Hartford, a licensed Integrated Wellness Practitioner, Healthy Aging Expert, and NET licensed specialist, has dedicated herself to improving her patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. The author of FIT, FUN & FABULOUS AT ANY AGE, Dr. Hartford speaks all over the world to promote understanding among the healing disciplines and to help people reclaim their health and vitality.
For more than two decades, Dr. Kathleen A. Hartford has treated and nurtured thousands of individuals through her integrated wellness approaches. As patients reclaim their health, she coaches them on how to maintain their youthful vitality with practical guidance on nutrition, exercise and stress management. Read more...
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