10/13/2018, Newington -Working with Text Neck- A Digital Age Epidemic
Cortiva Institute - Continuing Education
Text neck is being deemed a new worldwide epidemic that will only continue to grow as people spend more and more time working and playing on hand-held devices. What do you know about it? How does it differ from other conditions like thoracic outlet syndrome, etc? How can you best guide your clients in prevention and recovery?
The average person texts and scrolls on their smartphone for at least 5 hours a day, and the time spent attached to our devices is only increasing as the range of mobile devices expands. Holding I-watches, tablets, e-readers and personal gaming consoles in front of us while tilting the head down to view them transforms our normal, neutral posture into a contorted posture that over-taxes neck muscles and over time, damages the spine.
As we know by studies of other forward-head posture conditions, the weight of the head increases greatly with every inch it’s held in a forward or tilted posture- experts say it may increase double-fold for every inch. Combine that with fine, repetitive movement of the thumbs and grasping of the device itself and you have a recipe for disaster.
Millennials in particular, who have grown up in a hand-held digital device culture, will soon make up an enormous percentage of clientele that suffer from muscle pain and fatigue, nerve pain and paresthesia, and poor posture that creates long-term dysfunction and possible debilitating spinal abnormalities like herniated disks and loss on the natural cervical curve.
As a massage therapist you can educate your clients on the possibility of this imbalance, teach them beneficial ergonomics, stretches and exercises that can correct and relieve pain, instill the long-term benefits of adopting a practice of being mindful of body position during mobile technology usage, and create the most effective massage treatment special to their postural needs.
Date: Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm
Cortiva Institute - Newington Campus
75 Kitts Lane
Newington, Connecticut 06111
CE Credits: 6.5
Instructor: Jessica Crow
Jessica Crow is a yoga and meditation instructor and wellness practitioner based in NYC. She uses her 18 years of experience working in the healing arts as well as her personal & professional studies in science and philosophy to construct unique and effective healing protocols that focus on shaping and redefining the whole being.
She has instructed students and helped train yoga teachers in NYC (with Sri Dharma Mittra of Dharma Yoga) and around the world- not only in the physical practice of yoga, but also focusing on the practice of compassion, intuition, and deep meditation.
Jessica’s teaching style is compassionate yet challenging, and is strongly rooted in developing body awareness (both mental and physical), breath control, and personal insight and awareness.
She is the creator of a meditation and goal-shaping technique called MINDSCAPING® that fuses together powerful healing exercises from the ancient science of yoga and meditation, modern-day Western medicine and evidence-based psychology and neuroscience. These complementary techniques assist in the pursuit of personal health, empowerment and transformation.
Jessica holds a degree in human biology with a focus in behavioral neuroscience from the State University of New York and is a graduate of the Swedish Institute in NYC and The Americana School of Thai Massage in Los Angeles. As a licensed massage therapist she is adept at intuitively blending techniques such as Swedish, myofascial, deep tissue, Shiatsu, Thai, medical massage, trigger point, energy balancing to create the most effective treatment for the individual’s current condition and help them to restore their body’s vital energy to a balanced state and facilitate deep healing. Additionally, she has an extensive background in dance (including ballet, tap, and contemporary/ jazz, and currently, West African Sabar). All of these unique experiences help inform her holistic style of teaching and the greater vision that Everyone can learn to heal themselves.
What to Bring: Massage linens, oil, cream or lotion.