Oct 13

How Candy Crush Is Killing You

Okay, the title may have been a tad dramatic. Candy Crush isn’t killing you but it is destroying your posture. Our bodies were designed for moving, not a sedentary lifestyle. Our ancestors would hunt mammoth and toil the fields, not play Candy Crush or sit in front of a computer for hours on end. Our muscles are made to be active and move, not lazy and still.

Too often do people complain of chronic injuries “reappearing” months, even years, after the healing has completed. The moment of resurgence is known to happened after, “a long day of work (at a computer), or for reasons unknown. It may be true that after a muscle strain unnamed.144417there is remaining scar tissue in the area (it’s your muscle’s band aid, it has to be there) but it’s your self-inflicted contributions that aggravate the area. This is why your Registered Massage Therapist is constantly reminding you to correct your posture and ergonomics, and sending you to your Physiotherapist when you haven’t done your exercise homework.

Let’s use laptops, computers, and cellphones for examples. We all hunch forward to be able to type on or view the screens of these devices. This rounds our shoulders forward and lowers our neck/head, causing tight Pectorals and anterior neck muscles while over stretching and straining our upper back and posterior neck muscles. This is what leads to that “tightshoulder and neck pain. We may not feel muscle pain or headaches at the exact moment of using these devices, but we will at the end of the day, while we sleep, or even months down the road, therefore not being able to pinpoint the exact cause or blaming it on an old injury which has already healed.

shutterstock_191728364-people-texting.144455An example of a delayed response to our horrible technology posture is, “I don’t know what I did. I just woke up and couldn’t move my neck.” Holding yourself in the exact same posture every day, hours at a time, contracts the same muscle over and over, meaning they are constantly shortening and remaining in that posture state. If you sleep on your side, or are the dreaded stomach sleeper, you are twisting those tight/shortened muscles while you sleep, forcing them into yet another shortened position. The second you then move that muscle as you toss and turn in your sleep, your stretching it from that shortened position too quickly and bam, muscle strain.

Postural correction is key to preventing this domino effect. Be consistent with your massage therapy appointments and stretching routines to ensure your muscles remain in a relaxed, elongated state. Strengthen those muscles to pull your posture back into a corrected, proper position. All to aid in muscle strain, tension headaches, and muscle pain prevention.

– Serena Dixon, RMT

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