BY AMANDA KELLY FOR PREVENTION.COM July 4, 2016
It’s no surprise that your chiropractor might suspect you have back pain just by watching you move. But he can also identify the way you sleep, and maybe even what you do for a living.
No, he’s not a psychic—it’s just that your posture can reveal a lot more about your overall health and lifestyle than you might realize.
Here are seven things your chiropractor knows about you before your appointment even begins.
1. You’re Addicted to Your iPhone
One of the most common things chiropractors notice in their patients is a rounding of the spine along the neck and down toward the shoulder blades.
“There’s a new diagnosis for this—it’s called ‘text neck,’” says Adam Nachmias, D.C., a chiropractor in New York City.
Technically it’s called “loss of cervical lordis,” which describes the flattening out, or even reversing, of the upper spine’s natural c-shaped curve that happens when you’re hunched over looking at your phone or working on your computer, explains Karen Erickson, D.C., an NYC-based chiropractor.
“We used to see this kind of condition in people who’d been in car wrecks,” she says. “Now we see it in 8-year-olds.” (And that’s just one weird thing that happens when you text.)
Your head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds and, according to a study published in the journal Surgical Technology International, it increases pressure on your spine the further you tip it forward.
Tilt your head 15 degrees and it puts 27 pounds of pressure on your spine, researchers found; 30 degrees is equal to 40 pounds of pressure; and 60 degrees equals 60 pounds of pressure. Perhaps not surprisingly, all of this hunching can lead to migraines, arthritis, and neck pain.
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