Three minutes with Dr. Christina – Your Overland Park Chiropractor

Like most of you who live in Overland Park, I was watching Kansas lose in the March Madness basketball tourney last night. Of course, I won’t bring up the fact that I’m a Missouri alum. 🙂 Regardless of whether you’re happy or sad,  it brought to my attention how much TV watching effects our bodies overall.

dreamstime_xxl_45136691I won’t get into the controversy of whether watching TV is a good or bad habit, but what I’m concerned about is HOW my patients watch TV. Especially when it comes to watching a lot of TV, such as sporting events: a.k.a. March Madness, and whether or not that’s going to cause neck pain, back pain, or headaches.

We all know it became very popular a few years ago to put your fancy flat screen TV high above your fireplace or high on the wall. Of course, it looks great but it’s terrible for overall spinal posture and the possibility of creating headaches, but mostly the high possibility of neck pain and upper back pain.

We should decide on where to place our TVs, not based on where it looks best, but rather where our eye level is when positioned for watching. I guarantee that most of us watch TV while sitting, meaning our eye level is much lower than above the fireplace. This position causes unnecessary pressure and stress to your spine and most of that pressure lands in your cervical spine causing neck pain and headaches.

Why does our neck pain worsen after watching hours of basketball?neck pain relief Overland Park

Our eyes have a natural tendency to gaze downward. Think about when you’re looking down the hall you mostly see the floor, right? As the basketball game continues, our eyes begin to strain and whether we realize it or not, we tilt our head upward to compensate.  All that strain and pressure causes neck pain, and prolonged neck pain will cause headaches.

The exact opposite is true for my Overland Park Chiropractic patients that watched Kansas shatter their bracket while lying in bed.  High on the wall is great while watching TV in bed because when you are lying down the natural eye gaze is upward.  So just remember when you’re sitting the TV should be slightly lower than you think and when you’re lying down the TV should be slightly higher.

Keep this is mind as you watch the Final Four! Of course, preventing neck pain and headaches is best but if your March Madness bracket is already causing you problems then you should visit your chiropractor.  If you don’t have an Overland Park Chiropractor give me a call: 913-681-7757.

My Overland Park Chiropractic office is considered the place for neck pain and headache treatment in Overland Park due to our advanced modern chiropractic & electro-acupuncture techniques.

Thanks for reading!


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