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Texting A Pain in the Neck—You Need a Neck Chiropractor!


If you are looking for a chiropractor for neck pain that has been caused by texting or using other technology, don't put it off! An trained and certified neck chiropractor can advise you how to help prevent more pain.

Neck pain is a common problem among millions of people with little understanding as to the cause. With today's modern technology, younger people are showing signs of premature degeneration of the spine, a condition that has generally been more common in older adults. The overuse of text-messaging seems to be the apparent culprit! Consult your neck chiropractor if you are experiencing pain in the neck!

Tilting the head forward, as is typically done to view and create text messages, forces the neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments to strain to hold the head up. This can lead to several types of issues, such as arthritic changes to the spine, bone spurs, and muscle deformity. Because the spines of teenagers (the most frequent text message users) are still developing, the health impact for them is especially concerning.

Research published in the journal Ergonomics indicates that text messaging is the worse task for the neck than even other common smartphone tasks. The angle of the head is generally more extreme than when browsing the web or watching a video, especially while sitting. Even though other activities also cause people to tilt their heads, text users stay in one position for a longer time and are less likely to change position.

It may sound a little strange, but the weight of the head is what makes the texting posture so detrimental. The neck muscles are meant to support the weight of the head in a neutral position. However, the head is typically at about a 60-degree angle when texting, which places about six times more force on the neck than otherwise.

To help prevent straining of the neck while texting, or using other technology, consider the tips below:

Raise the device to eye level.
Take a break and change position.
Practice good posture, the body aligned in a neutral position.
Arch and stretch the neck and upper back periodically to increase blood flow and relieve muscle tension.
Exercisea strong, flexible back and neck are more able to adjust and rebound from tension.

Understanding the hazards of the overuse of technology can be the motivation needed for people to start making the needed changes to avoid the resulting damage to their bodies.

Don't live with a pain in the neck! Chiropractic care is a natural and drug-free treatment to improve physical and emotional health as body functions are freed from vertebral subluxation stress. Call McKim Chiropractic today for more information and to schedule an appointment with a neck chiropractor. Our licensed and certified staff is committed to helping the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, live their life pain-free!

Treating Manhood Rash Due to Sea Bather’s Eruption


Swimmers often find that they have developed a manhood rash caused by sea bather's eruption, which can in some cases be quite painful and uncomfortable. Treating it promptly is necessary.

How often does a man feel an itch in his private area and upon inspection discovers he has come down with a case of manhood rash? Unfortunately it happens more often than most men would care to admit. While the rash can sometimes be linked to a serious male organ health concern such as an infection or a social disease, there can be other causes. One of the more common, especially during the warm summer months, is sea bather's eruption.

What is it?

The hot days of summer naturally inspire people to spend some time at the beach, frolicking in the surf and lying on the sand building up their tans. Naturally, people have to take precautions against common "hazards" such as sunburn, but there are some problems that are difficult to guard against and sea bather's eruption is one of them.

Sea bather's eruption is a rash that occurs in the areas of the body that are covered when a person goes swimming. In other words, it doesn't show up on the exposed skin, but in the area covered by a swimsuit (and/or a shirt, if one wears a shirt in the water) and that means the male organ is high on the list of possible eruption sites.

The eruption is caused by stings coming from "thimble" jellyfish and sea anemones that are not grown but are still in their larval stage. These larva are very small less than a centimeter and so are difficult to see. The stings don't usually begin until a person gets out of the water. The process of evaporation can initiate the stinging, and if not removed the larvae can remain dormant and not sting for several days. The sting sites form into a rash, which can become very itchy. In some cases, the condition may result in fatigue and/or fever.

Treatment

There's not really an effective prevention for sea bather's eruption, other than to avoid swimming. Because the larvae are so small, it's difficult to detect their presence in the water. They do tend to float near the surface, so swimmers are at more risk than those who go scuba diving.

To treat the eruption, it's best to get out of the swimsuit as soon as possible. Rinsing with fresh water actually tends to irritate the stings, so if there happens to be a bucket of clean, larvae-free sea water that a person can use for an initial rinse of the affected area, that can help. This can then be followed by a fresh water shower to more properly clean the body.

Rubbing the affected area with a towel also creates irritation and can worsen the manhood rash. Instead, an affected person should try to pat the body dry with a towel.

After cleansing, it's good to apply rubbing alcohol or diluted vinegar to the rash. Hydrocortisone or calamine lotion also can be helpful in easing the itch. If the rash is severe, consulting a doctor is advised, especially if symptoms extend to fever, fatigue, etc.

A doctor may recommend that a male organ rash from sea bather's eruption would benefit from keeping the skin moisturized. Daily use of a top-notch male organ health crme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) might be one good route to take to achieve this goal. The best cremes aim at proper skin hydration through the use of ingredients such as Shea butter (a high-end emollient) and vitamin E. These ingredients create a "moisture lock" that keeps the skin supple and healthy. It doesn't hurt if the crme also contains vitamin D, the "miracle vitamin" acclaimed for fighting disease and supporting healthy cellular function. The healthier the member is in the first place, the more likely it is to resist manhood rash and to heal quickly.