With the progression of today’s modern technology we spend more and more time in front of smartphones and devices. Most of us don’t even realise how often we are on our phones, laptops, devices. Even every day activities such as driving our cars and brushing our teeth causes us to draw our heads forward and place increase pressure on the small joints, discs and muscles that support our head.
Our heads are heavy, whereas the neck is relatively fragile and should be perfectly positioned in a C shape (often referred to as our ‘arc of life’) due to its important relationship in supporting our head and nervous system. This unique shape allows our neck to stay strong and mobile. However increasing time spent holding our heads forward on a 45-degree angle places a large amount of stress on our neck and shoulders. It is not uncommon to spend hours each day in this forward slumped position.
Our neck is made up of 7 bones called vertebrae, these bones are separated by disc’s which act like spongy shock absorbers. Each of these joints is held together by ligaments to provide stability and muscles which provide motion and mobility in the spine. This incredible design allows our neck to stay flexible and mobile while at the same time being strong and protecting our Central Nervous System within it.
By constantly overloading the neck these little ‘microtraumas’ accumulate over time and eventually began to damage joints, discs and even nerves due to the increased load placed on our neck when holding our head down and forward.
‘Tech Neck’ refers to a condition in which this constant overloading physically changes and alters the normal C alignment of the neck. Once we lose this normal structure our spine is left far more vulnerable to weakening and damage. Joints, muscles, discs and even nerves are increasingly impacted and damaged the more we lose this normal shape.
Common symptoms that people may experience with Tech Neck include, pain, stiffness, aching, numbness, sharp pain, shooting pain and even reduced mobility in both the neck and shoulders.
When Tech Neck is left or ignored symptoms tend to accumulate and worsen with time, the weakened state of the spine can even damage the neck potentially leading to conditions such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease.
Just like with any condition, the successful treatment of tech neck first requires a proper diagnosis which includes full physical testing including neurological testing and potentially Xray imaging if indicated. Once the cause and stage of condition is determined then and appropriate treatment plan can be designed.
While Tech Neck is very difficult to avoid in today’s modern society with the use of technology, the true long-term untreated effects and not yet fully understood.
At ChiroH3 we use state of the art technology and testing to identify the root cause of your neck problems. Once a proper diagnosis is established, we can then design a taylor-made plan in order to achieve a long-lasting result. When it comes to your health we don’t guess.
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The noise that you may hear when you get adjusted is a suction sound as nitrogen gas within the joint escapes. The adjustment does not aim to release the gas, it is merely a side effect of little to no clinical consequence. Some adjustments don’t make any noise at all. It is good to know that the click you may hear is not the bone itself.
When we look at Adjustments against other Medical Interventions they are incredibly safe. Chiropractors are fortunate enough to have one of the lowest malpractice insurance premiums because of low numbers of litigations against the profession. However, there are always risks associated with any procedure. We minimise the risk through our thorough history, examination and testing as well as using specific gentle techniques. We will always discuss any risks with you before proceeding with care. No two cases are the same, therefore we taylor our approach to make sure we deliver to best Chiropractic care that is safe and effective.
You always get to decide whether you want to continue with the benefits of Chiropractic care. Many people chose to continue to get adjusted as they enjoy the ongoing benefits of a living a pain free life, as well as a healthy spine and nervous system. We will always give you our best advice with your care, based on your goals and what your specific objective results show.
Yes Chiropractors in Australia complete a minimum 5 year University qualification. They are registered through AHPRA, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority and governed by their Registration Board. They complete studies in Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Radiology, Pathology and Chiropractic Diagnosis and Skills. Our Chiropractors also complete compulsory continuing education.
You will be referred for X-rays if clinically indicated. There are certain conditions that will preclude you from having X-rays such as Pregnancy. The risks and benefits of X-rays will always be discussed with you.
Physiotherapists are generally hospital trained and specialise in post-surgical rehabilitation as well as Sports Injuries. When it comes to the spine they are generally focussed on muscles and strength. Chiropractors on the other hand specialise in the spine and nervous system and are generally trained in private practice. Chiropractors use spinal adjustments to correct the spine as well as strength and postural work.
No you definitely don’t need a referral. Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession, which means you can attend without the need to see your Doctor.