Is Your Smartphone Keeping You Up at Night?

Posted by 17 Apr, 2016

Smartphone-induced Insomnia

Smartphones have the profound ability of keeping us up-to-date on all of the information concerning the great wide world we live in. But can having all this knowledge at your fingertips be detrimental to healthy sleeping patterns? A recent survey found that four in ten smartphone users would check their phone at night, if it woke them up. This can be a huge problem as the blue light emitted from smartphones can suppress the production of the sleep-regulating hormone know as melatonin. A reduction in melatonin production can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.

To avoid smartphone-induced insomnia, turn your bedroom into a tech-free zone, to help promote healthy sleep patterns. Another solution is to turn off your mobile device 60 to 90 minutes before bed to help your mind wind down. This will also make sure that your melatonin levels in your brain are not being disrupted. We all know how critical it is to get a healthy amount of sleep nightly in order to be well rested the next day. So follow these simple solutions to make it easier to doze off into dreamland and feel well rested when you wake up in the morning.

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy week! We invite you to visit Smith Chiropractic Family Care and Sports Injury Center. We will be back next week with another useful health & technology tip.




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Is Texting Giving You a Sore Thumb?

Posted by 11 Apr, 2016


Is All That Texting Giving You a Sore Thumb?

Texting has become one of the most popular means of communicating in today’s techno savvy world. In a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, it was found that Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 sent an average of 110 texts per day. That’s insane! While you are typing out all those messages, you are putting unfavorable tension and pressure on your thumbs. Over time, continuous use of your thumbs for texting can lead to painful tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendons, and you can develop premature arthritis. That sounds like a problem that no one wants!

Lucky, we have a solution that will help mitigate the tension and pain that can happen in your thumbs due to texting. It’s a simple stretching exercise. Take a rubber band and wrap it around your thumb and index finger. Next, move your thumb and index finger in opposite directions from one another, hold for 3 seconds and then bring your thumb and index finger back together. It is recommended to perform this movement for about 20 repetitions. By doing this exercise, you will stretch overworked muscles thus protecting your thumbs from unwanted problems and complications due to constant texting.

In addition to addressing spinal health, chiropractic adjustments can help restore function and provide relief for a number of misalignment issues that occur between the 27 bones of the wrist/hand. If you experience thumb pain due to excessive texting or any pain in your hand/wrist, chiropractic care can be an effective method of correcting the cause of your pain and preventing future problems.

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy week! Remember to stop by Smith Chiropractic Family Care and Sports Injury Center. We will be back next week with another important health & technology tip.



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Is Your Smartphone Becoming a Pain-in-the-Neck?

Posted by 3 Apr, 2016


The Growing Problem of Text Neck Syndrome: In today’s technology driven world, more and more people are constantly viewing their smartphones on a daily basis. It was reported that the average person views their mobile device 110 times a day. That’s insane! While you are constantly looking down at your phone, you are putting tons of stress and tension on your neck. Over time, this can strain the neck’s muscular and skeletal structures. Yikes, that does not sound good.

Help for Text Neck Syndrome: Lucky, we have a simple solution to text neck syndrome. Instead of looking down at your phone, you should hold it eye level distance. By making this small adjustment, you can protect your neck from unwanted harm. Trust me, your neck will thank you! If you continue to experience neck pain and/or discomfort, chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective method of correcting the cause of your pain and preventing future problems.

A proven and safe way to treat neck pain is through chiropractic adjustments and simple exercises that will promote a more healthy range of motion, correct spinal alignment, and proper posture which in turn alleviates the pain associated with this common problem.

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy week! We invite you to visit Smith Chiropractic Family Care and Sports Injury Center. We will be back next week with another useful health & technology tip.



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Shrugging and Hamstring Stretching Techniques

Posted by 9 Dec, 2011

Simple exercises for neck pain and tight hamstrings: I was going over some old documents in my office the other day when I came across these.  They were articles I wrote for the Independent Press back in 2001 and 2004.  The advice still applies today, so I hope you’ll take heed and follow some of the information I provide!

For more information about the Shrugging technique, click here.

If you want to find out more about what I recommend for hamstrings, click here.

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Chiropractic Client Testimonial: Paul Gibbons

Posted by 21 Mar, 2011

Chiropractic Client Testimonial: On August 2,1989 I was driving home from visiting my brother. As I was crossing the Weston Canal Causeway in Manville, NJ I noticed a dump truck approaching me. The truck was fishtailing back and forth as the driver swung the steering wheel left and right. He was towing a large six wheeled trailer filled with commercial lawn mowers and leaf blowers. The trailer struck the bridge abutment, was lofted over the truck and crashed on the top of my car.

The roof was lower than the steering wheel. I was knocked unconscious by the violence of the crash. The first thing I remember was a man standing by the side of my car saying I am the captain of a rescue squad and I think you are badly hurt, don’t try to move. Followed immediately by another man who said I think your car is on fire, you better get out fast. I slid to the right side of the car managed to open the passenger-side door part way and squirmed out of the car.

The rescue squad arrived, strapped me to a body board and took me to the emergency room. The doctor diagnosed a broken neck and verified his diagnosis with x-rays. The doctor immobilized my head and neck with a device for this purpose and emergency surgery was scheduled for the next day.

I was told it would be a two to three hour operation. In the event I was on the table for ten hours. The doctor had screwed a metal plate on the front of my cervical spine along with bone grafts to fuse and immobilize my spine.

The immobilization caused a great deal of pain and loss of motion in turning my head. This loss of motion is of course permanent and began to cause stress to other parts of my spine. After a course of physical therapy I was allowed to return to work.

I was not a stranger to chiropractic; I had seen two or three doctors previous to the accident. But it was at this time that I had the great good fortune to meet and be treated by Dr. Patrick Smith. Dr. Smith is an extraordinary diagnostician and superb practitioner of his science and art. As pain and stiffness worsened Pat developed a course of treatment that was, and is, most effective in keeping me mobile, flexible and almost, but not entirely, pain free.

After such a serious accident I say that I have just enough pain to remind me to thank God that I can feel anything. And also grateful to God for putting me in Dr. Smith’s more than capable hands.


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