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              JUNE 2013 

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Texting...A Pain in the Neck?
Exercise of the Month
Eat Lots of Fruits and Veggies
4 Feet To Pass
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     Welcome to the June issue of our monthly newsletter.  We are pleased to announce that our newsletter readership is at an all time high. Thank you for your referrals and content ideas, as they are a valuable part of this newsletter.  If you know anyone who may be interested in this monthly publication please forward it to them so they can sign up.  Enjoy this month's issue.
Texting...A Pain in the Neck? 
Orthopedic surgeons from the University of Nebraska are investigating an increase in neck related pain complaints arising from the massive increase in the use of hand held mobile devices for texting, internet browsing, and emailing.  A condition among medical professionals known as "text neck" describes a progressive increase in neck pain, upper back pain, and numbness and tingling the in the arms and hands related to the excessive head down positions required of todays mobile technology.  Fortunately, the increase in these symptoms is treatable and largely arises from abnormal joint and muscle stress and, for now, doesn't seem to be increasing any other serious spinal conditions.  However, if left untreated, "text neck" can lead to conditions as serious as cervical disc herniations and nerve damage.  The best treatments include avoiding the sustained use of mobile devices, and if possible, using a desk top computer as much as possible during the day.  Also, a visit to the chiropractor can greatly help to restore proper joint motion and evaluate which specific areas need stretching or strengthening.  We expect to see a continued increase in the use of mobile devices for all aspects of work and leisure and only expect this condition to become more common.  There are studies currently underway to track the long term risks of mobile device use in adolescents, as the fear that too much use will result in increased neck and upper back arthritis in the future.  
Exercise(s) of the Month - Top "Back Safe" Core Exercises
The June exercise(s) of the month features Dr. Stuart McGill, one of the best spine doctors in the world demonstrating his top "back safe" core exercises.  We highly recommend you replace your existing core routine with the techniques shown in this video, especially if you have low back pain.   Let us know how it works for you and as always, stop if you feel pain when doing this, or any other exercise.    
Magazine: Core Values - NYTimes.com/Video
Magazine: Core Values - NYTimes.com/Video

Eat Lots of Fruits and Veggies, Quit Smoking Easier? 
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4 Feet To Pass

four feet to passAs the warm weather stays in PA for the next few months please remember a recently enacted state law regarding safety on the roadway.  The law now states that a motorist must give a cyclist a four (4) foot safety zone when passing on any roadway.  This law does allow the driver to cross the yellow line to pass if necessary.  Remember that cyclists have the same right to the road as all motorists and the new law will hopefully prevent unnecessary tragedies.  As the cycling community continues to grow in NEPA please be courteous on the road and remember the "4 feet to pass" law.

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Dr. Aaron Haydu  &  Dr. Richard Cohen
Cohen & Haydu Chiropractic Clinic