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News Flash: Your Phone is Ruining Your Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Everyone in our modern society loves the convenience of smartphones. From the very young to the very old, we all love that bright screen, easy access, and instant communication. And of course, we like being able to beat boredom with a flick of our finger. But as much as we love this common modern convenience, using smartphones may not be all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, it may be ruining our health. If you’re a technology lover but still interested in keeping your health intact, take a look at how your phone is doing damage and what you can do about it.

Why We Love Our Phones

What’s not to love? Phones serve so many purposes in our everyday lives. They provide instant communication -- which serves us well with family, friends, and in professional relationships. With modern phones, we also have access to the internet, which means gathering information in a matter of minutes. Phones may also provide us with apps for time management, weight loss, focus, meditation, and a wealth of other things. And last but not least, they give us an escape when we don’t feel like dealing with the world around us.

The Health Dangers of Phone Usage

Besides damaging mental health -- because it’s not actually good to constantly escape the world around us -- excessive phone use can be physically harmful. The most common complaints are headaches and back and neck pain. When we use the phone, we’re often in a slouched, slumped shoulders, neck bent position. Over time, this causes the spine to round at the top, which leads to tension in the spine and pain in the body. Without a plan of action and some relief, the pain compounds upon itself until it’s constant and debilitating.

How to Stay Healthy

Since we’re unlikely to give up our phones anytime soon, it’s important to come up with a way to protect ourselves. To really keep your body healthy, you should probably do three important tasks: exercise, limit phone use, and get chiropractic care. Regular exercise keeps us flexible and strong. And since we have to spend time on a technological device, it can help negate some of the unhealthy side effects. Along with exercise, do your best to limit your phone time. You’re still going to use it, but does it have to be all day? Do you need it, or are you looking for a distraction? Get a handle on usage, and you’ll be halfway there. Finally, make sure to make chiropractic care a part of your life. Chiropractors may be able to remove tension from the spine, encourage flexibility, and keep the spine and body in better condition. For phone usage, it’s one of the best ways to fight pain and stay healthy.

If you would like to add chiropractic care to your life, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is an easy and stress-free experience. Instead of worrying with high prices, just use their affordable pricing. Instead of struggling with a busy schedule, just use their walk-in visits. Getting care can be easy, and it’s definitely beneficial. Get your health and life moving in the right direction beginning with a stop at The Joint today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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