Do you have Zoomitis yet?
For years I have been telling patients that “If sitting is the new smoking – then screens are the new crack.” The deleterious health effects of sedentary life, poor posture and too much screen time is well documented. This has been a major health issue for years, but as with many stressors, the COVID Catastrophe has been a major amplifier.
Look, it was bad enough when you were hunkered down in your $1500, ergonomically correct Herman Miller for 9 hours at a stretch at the office…but now? Slouching on the couch on your laptop? Your make-shift video conference set-up? Your late night “email ritual” in bed. Bent over your mobile device on four social channels. Let’s face-it. You are on the posture naughty list this year.
It’s no joke, actually. Bad posture screws up your spine – and your spine is the suit of armour that protects your nervous system. And your nervous system determines how well you cope with stress…You know – life.
Slouching creates health issues. This series is about simple, small changes that YOU can make to ensure that you are not immunocompromised.
Did you know…
“The nervous system, endocrine system and immune system are inextricably linked. Together they share tiny messenger molecules that mediate communication between them, creating optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately.
Until recently, one of these messenger molecules, IL-2, was thought of as an immune system molecule. But recent studies have clearly shown its presence and activity in the nervous system, leading researchers to believe that neural dysfunctions due to spinal misalignments are stressful to the body and can cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response.
Subluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways, affecting the body’s organs. Subluxations are an example of physical nerve stress that affects neuronal control. According to researchers, such stressful conditions lead to altered measures of immune function and an increased susceptibility to a variety of diseases.
It’s important to note here how the endocrine system also impacts the immune system by producing cortisol in the adrenal glands – endocrine glands that are directly connected to the nervous system through the sympathetic nervous system – a stress hormone that inhibits the immune system.
If the sympathetic nervous system is too “switched on” due to stress and subluxation, it can increase the adrenal glands’ synthesis of cortisol, in turn affecting the immune system.”
– Set up your workspace correctly – standing or sitting
– Avoid sitting or laying down while working on screen
– Move frequently (check out this simple 20 second exercise)
– Get checked by a Chiropractor for Spinal Stress from Subluxation
– Do Life Extension Exercises and Overhead Squats to reconcile postural stress
There you have it. Another simple, effective and FREE strategy to make sure that you are the strongest version of you the NEXT time that you come in contact with an opportunistic antigen.
Behaviour matters. You don’t GET sick, you DO sick.