Why You Should Put Down the Phone to Save Your Back
By Genevieve Cunningham
Many of us have love-hate relationships with our phones. We love the instant access to information, the mind numbing cures for boredom, and the accessibility to other people or help should we need it. But we hate the pull it has over us … otherwise called addiction. Face it: We’re completely addicted to these little devices. And this addiction may be bringing more harm than you ever imagined. Take a look at how the constant use of phones and modern technology may be completely ruining your spine, followed by some tips on how to manage it.
Goodbye Good Posture
Think about the posture that you stand or sit in when you’re on your phone. Most likely, you’re slouched forward, neck bent, shoulders slumped. This posture is terrible for our spines. If we were to hold this posture for only short spans of time, we could probably handle the stress it places on the spine. But we hold this posture for hours and hours at a time. Your back hurts? Check your technology time and posture before anything else, and you may very well find your problem.
Hello to Inactivity
Our phones keep us incredibly still. We sit on the couch or in a chair or even in our cars and browse, browse, browse. We waste ample amounts of time just sitting on the phone, basically doing nothing. The problem? Our bodies were meant to move. They need the activity and the exercise. When we ignore this important aspect of our health, it causes the spine to be stiff and inflexible. And this leads to greater and greater problems over time.
Tips for Saving Your Back and Your Phone
So what can we do to avoid such problems? For starters, we can limit our time on the phone. Is it really necessary to browse our phones on every break, during every waiting period, and through almost any downtime that we have available? No. It will take some time and patience to change the habit, but it can be done. Another tip for keeping your back healthy is to get regular chiropractic care. While a chiropractor can’t undo all of the damage done by our phones if we are unwilling to help ourselves, they can point us in the right direction, correct problems with joint restriction along the spine, and enhance its overall health. If you can’t break the habit, getting to the chiropractor is an excellent step in the right direction.
If you’re ready to protect the health of your back without completely giving up your phone, visit with chiropractors at The Joint. At The Joint, you can get care without the stress and hassle. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing plan for a low stress, enjoyable experience. Our phones are vices that we’ll never give up, but you don’t have to let them ruin your back or your health. Get moving in the right direction beginning with a quick trip to The Joint as soon as today.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.