By: Dr. Daniel Vandervoort, Jun 07, 2012
Texting Trauma | Beacon Hill Chiropractic Clinic, Ottawa, ON

Can text messaging affect my health?

It is good to be connected with friends and information but there are definite drawbacks for your spine.

If you look around at most young and many not so young people today you see them hunched over their Blackberries or I-phones texting or surfing the internet. It is good to always be connected with friends and information but there are definite drawbacks for your spine.

Most people who do a lot of texting are setting the stage for neck and shoulder pain and headaches. It is not from information overload although that can be a source of stress, but from the distortion of the normal curve or alignment of the neck. When your head is flexed forward for extended periods it causes a lot of strain on your cervical spine and muscles. Eventually you can lose the normal curve of your spine as your vertebrae misalign and move improperly. This condition is known to chiropractors as a subluxation and it causes nerve stress and irritation. Most neck pain, upper back tension and even headaches are due to improper muscle and joint function of the spine.

Fortunately chiropractic care can help. By providing gentle adjustments to restore correct movement and alignment to your vertebrae, your chiropractor can take care of your pain or prevent it from occurring in the first place. You do not have to be in pain to benefit from chiropractic treatment. In addition to adjustments, exercises and special pillows are often prescribed to help you maintain good spinal function.

Of course you could also do less texting and use better posture but what fun would that be.

Dr. Daniel Vandervoort graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1987 with both clinical and academic honours. He studied Human Kinetics at the University of Waterloo prior to CMCC. Born in Guelph, Ontario Daniel attended Georgetown High School.

Dr. Dan is the director of Rockland’s oldest and most established chiropractic clinic since 1994. He also enjoys practicing 2 days per week at the Beacon Hill Chiropractic Clinic on Montreal Rd. near Orleans with his partner Dr. Sylvie Bordeleau.

Dr. Vandervoort has special interests in athletics, fitness and nutrition. He is long term member of the local gym and competes in triathlons and road races. From both personal and clinical experience, Dr. Dan has considerable knowledge in the assessment and treatment of athletic injuries. He is able to treat spine related conditions in people of all ages using diversified and Activator techniques as well as providing appropriate home exercises.