Neck Pain From Technology? Chiropractic Can Help
By Paul Rothbart
Technology is a wonderful thing. Computers, tablets, and cell phones have changed how we work, play, and live. They are now as commonplace as cars and television. Technology is almost an extension of some people. As much as this can be helpful, there are also downsides. One of these is the fact that people's heads are often looking down. This places the neck in a downward, often for long periods. This can cause stiffness and pain. Here is some information on technology-related neck pain and how to avoid "tech neck."
Cut Back on Screen Time
This should be obvious. Spend less time on phones and tablets. Naturally, there will be work-related emails and texts that must be attended to. But spending excessive time playing games and browsing social media is not necessary. Minimize the time spent doing those things. You don't have to respond to every Facebook post within 5 seconds. Use your devices only when necessary with occasional short periods of fun time. Your neck will thank you.
Change How You Hold Your Devices
Typically, people hold their devices on their laps when sitting or in front of their stomachs while standing. While this is comfortable for the arms, it's terrible for the neck. To see the device in this position, you have to look down. This moves the neck forward and rounds the shoulders. The neck and shoulder muscles then tend to spasm. The muscles of the neck support the head. For every inch the head drops forward, the load on the neck muscles doubles. That's why you get stiff and sore. Those muscles are being asked to work much too hard. When reading your device, sit up straight and arch your back. Hold it up in front of your face so that you are looking straight forward. Your arms may get tired but they can handle this. Working your arms is a much better choice than abusing your neck.
See a Chiropractor
Necks are one of the specialties of a licensed chiropractor. Regular adjustments can help keep the neck strong and straight. A chiropractor may also have suggestions to help avoid stiffness and pain. You may also reap the benefits of a stronger back and joints. Full range of motion, better sleep, and overall improved health may also result.
Mobile devices are useful and fun. But care must be taken not to overstress the neck when using them. Remember these tips and think about dropping by The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment and it might turn out to be one of the best things you've ever done for your health.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.