A Chiropractor's Guide to Proper Telephone Use
By Brandi Swieter
Although phones have changed drastically over the years, they have still been around for some time. The way in which they need to be used when talking on them remains the same no matter which type a person has. Whether corded, cordless, smart, or simple, all telephones can wreak havoc on the neck, shoulders, and back if people aren’t careful while using them. Following a chiropractor’s guide to proper telephone use will ensure each person is using their phone pain-free.
Keep Conversations Short
Hour-long phone calls may seem like a great idea when you’re trying to catch up, but they give far too much time for pain or bad habits to take hold. It’s best to keep conversations over the phone as short as possible so the neck and shoulders are not being strained for too long. This may be easier said than done for some people, but just trying to shorten conversations here and there can avoid a great deal of pain.
Use Speakerphone When Possible
Most phones have a speakerphone option where the call can come through loud and clear without even having to hold the phone. This is the best choice because it allows users to walk around continuing activities while still getting to talk. Too many people place the phone between their ear and shoulder so they can be hands-free, but this causes a crick in the neck quickly.
Those who choose to hold the phone to their hear with one hand aren’t doing the worst thing for themselves. It’s far better than the ear-to-shoulder scenario. But holding up one hand like that can still put some strain on the neck and shoulder, so it’s best to switch hands frequently to avoid that from happening.
Get a Headset
Individuals who are on the phone a lot, whether they’re talking with a loved one far away or have to use the phone for work, should invest in a headset. This allows them to answer calls and talk for as long as needed without any strain or pain developing. Speakerphone isn’t necessary. Switching hands doesn’t have to be done. The pain problem with headset use is simply the price, as a good model can be on the expensive side. The investment pays for itself over time, however, as it eliminates the possibility of pain while talking on the phone.
Anyone experiencing pain while using their telephone is most likely using it wrong. Seek the guidance of a professional chiropractor to receive further tips on how to handle phone use and other typical activities without pain involved. The Joint Chiropractic has a team of doctors ready to help people during walk-in hours.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.