Imagine a bowling ball balancing on seven tiny bricks every day for a lifetime.
That, my friend, is a perfect image of your head and neck. Your neck has a difficult job to do. It carries the weight of your head, about the weight of a bowling ball, and allows for all kinds of small and large movements while carrying that weight.
The mythical god Atlas carries the world on his shoulders. It is no wonder that the first bone in the neck is named Atlas.
Today I want to share with you how you are making your neck’s job more difficult and what you can do to make it easier.
I am going to make you a promise. I will not waste your time. What I have to offer is a simple message.
My message is based upon 4 decades of experience in specialized health care, helping men, women and children live with less pain and more functionality in their musculoskeletal systems.
Let’s say you have three one hundred dollar bills and one twenty dollar bill in your wallet right now.
You could spend 3 hundred dollars and receive a few one-on-one sessions with a specialist. You might learn some of the things I write about in my book, Don’t Wreck Your Neck!, during those sessions, if your specialist takes the time to explain them. But many doctors just do not have the time or the inclination to educate their patients.
Or you could spend part of that 20 and get my book. And get all the information my patients received when I educated them one-on-one.
These principles are presented in an easy-to-understand manner starting with the very basics of what your neck and spine ought to look like from infancy to adulthood.
In Don’t Wreck Your Neck! I explain the real dangers to your neck that exist in our highly technological society where even toddlers are using mobile devices for play and educational purposes. The younger a person begins to use technology, the younger that person begins to mis-use his or her neck.
But this is not just about high-tech. Everyday activities, sleep positions and bad habits are contributing to neck difficulties as well. I help the readers focus on their necks, become aware of what they are doing and learn simple principles for improvement.
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All this in the name of posture.
It may seem like a bland topic, but it’s a serious topic too, because at this very moment, millions of people all over the world are doing things that are damaging their necks. If you are like them, you are hurting yourself without knowing it. In fact, the problem is so large that I write about a world-wide epidemic of neck problems that I call a neck-idemic which is affecting you, your friends, your co-workers, your children, your grandchildren and people all over this planet.
If you care about your neck, you need the information in this book.
This is an x-ray of a mostly normal neck.
Everywhere I go, I am a posture spy. I watch people doing bad things to their necks. That is why I made it my mission to get this knowledge to as many people as possible, at a very low cost. Everyone in the world needs to know how NOT TO WRECK THEIR NECKS.
This is what I hope your neck looks like. But I strongly doubt that it looks this way. How do I know this? Because we humans spend too much time in a posture that causes our necks to end up looking very differently.
This is an x-ray of a neck in terrible shape with the beginning of degenerative arthritis.
The neck with red shading has lost its normal forward curve and the neck has begun to curve in the opposite direction! The arrow points to the beginning of degenerative changes at the place where two bones and a disc come together. Once degenerative changes begin in any of our joints the damage cannot be reversed. The process can be slowed down by making healthy choices from now on, but there is no “reset” button to restore a damaged joint back to normal again. We are not video games; we are flesh and bone human beings.
I see so many people in their teens and 20s mis-using their necks. It is for them that I decided to write Don’t Wreck Your Neck! I want to help young people and everyone else who will listen to prevent further neck damage and even to un-do some of the postural damage already taking place. The good news is that postural damage to the neck can be reversed if caught early enough. It is all explained in detail in Don’t Wreck Your Neck!
You could waste your 20 dollar bill on all kinds of useless things or you could make an investment in your long-term wellbeing.
One entire section of this book is devoted to sleep positions. Everyone can learn how to modify their sleep positions slightly so that their necks are protected in good posture during the night, which is just as important as having good neck posture during the day.
Besides teaching about the neck, the book addresses several other areas of the body. Included are many stretches and posture tips that help with flexibility and comfort in the shoulders, wrists, knees, mid back, low back, buttocks and legs.
You will be amazed at how easy it is! Easy is what young people need because their lives are already much too busy. One of my graphic designers, a young woman in the high-risk generation I am trying to reach, read my book as she worked on the layout. Without my knowledge she started using my tips on a daily basis. You can read her comments on the back cover.
Don’t Wreck Your Neck! is your guide to a better neck and a better life. In the time you spend watching a single TV show, you will learn what most people don’t know about their necks and spines. Then you can help yourself with the many tips and stretches in Don’t Wreck Your Neck! that are not available together in any other single book, DVD or website. These principles have been developed through 4 decades of one-on-one teaching with patients and now they are available to you!
What you don’t know can hurt you. I don’t want that for you or for anyone, which is why I wrote Don’t Wreck Your Neck!
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Dr. Gail Rosenberg