Check out Livestrong.com for information on health, fitness, wellness and nutrition.  I recently contributed (although only a small portion) to a Livestrong.com article and wanted to share it with you.  Click this link or the image above to go directly to the site.  My contribution is pasted below:

6. Cradling a PhoneCradling a phone to your ear may be an easy way to stay hands-free on a call, but it could also be causing your headaches. “If a person is cradling a phone, the two most common muscles that become shortened, tight and irritated are the upper trapezius and levator scapulae,” says chiropractor Erik Korzen. “And tightness in both of these muscles can lead to tension headaches.” Switching sides, using a headset and integrating stretching and massage can help to prevent this upper-shoulder tension. 

Tightness and Pain in the upper back, neck and shoulder areas are very common.  So how do we fix it?  Here a few general tips that I routinely recommend to my patients.

1. Find an aggravating factor (like cradling a phone) and REMOVE or REDUCE it  (stop cradling the phone as much)

2. Perform regular POSTURAL corrections, 10x every hour, like this:

3. Exercise regularly, at least 2-3 days per week.  My mantra with patients: KEEP THINGS MOVING.

4. Increase your water intake to approximately your 1/2 of your bodyweight in ounces per day. EXAMPLE: you weigh 200 lbs then drink 100 oz of water per day (hydration keeps your joints and muscles moving more smoothly)

5. Clean-up your diet.  Reduce or eliminate processed carbohydrates and really any/all processed foods.  Focus on eating FRUITS and VEGETABLES every day.  Include a good amount of healthy fats and proteins every morning.

6. Find a healthcare professional that is able to GUIDE you in the right direction.  You should fix your problem, with the help of someone that is knowledgable.

Thanks for reading this post and I'm glad I was able to share the Livestrong.com article with you.  As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Be Blessed!
-Dr. K



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    Erik Korzen DC is a chiropractic physician and educator.  He is passionate about re-defining the chiropractic profession and is somewhat of an "Anatomy Geek".


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