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Technology and a Bad Back: How to Protect Yourself

By Genevieve Cunningham

For most people, technology has gone far past a luxury and is now a staple in life. We couldn’t live without it. Work, leisure, information … everything is tied into technology. While this brings a wealth of benefits to our lives and truly opens up a whole new world for most people, it also brings a few negative side effects into life. One of these negative aspects? A bad back! Take a look at why technology use is linked to back pain, followed by what you can do to protect your spinal health long-term.

The Link Between Technology and Back Pain

It’s not the specific device that causes pain, but rather the manner in which we use the device that leads to ongoing discomfort. Whether it’s a phone, laptop, or tablet, chances are good that we’re slumped over, necks bent, and shoulders rounded when using the device. This poor posture can create tension and restriction in the spine, eventually leading to pain. What’s more, most of us are guilty of spending way too much time on said device. If it were only an hour or two a day, we might escape unscathed, but general technology use tends to be hours and hours of the day and night. Together, this excessive time and poor posture make the perfect scenario for back pain.

Quick and Easy Relief Solutions

If you’re looking for some relief quickly, try taking a simple over-the-counter medication to stifle the pain. This won’t cure the problem, but it might make the body more comfortable. You can also buy supportive furniture and pillows, adjust your device to sit at an appropriate height for your body, or even lower the amount of time spent on the device by just a little.

Long-Term Solutions

Since giving up technology is not a realistic goal, it might be beneficial to add chiropractic care to your normal routine. Chiropractors can reduce the tension and restriction found in the spine, which helps to minimize the discomfort. They may also be able to give you great tips for how to use technology without causing more suffering, so that you can enjoy good spinal health and ample screen time in the future.

If you need chiropractic care in North Charleston, look no further than The Joint. Why should you choose The Joint? Besides chiropractors who will always put your health and wellness first, you can also use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to make the process easier and more enjoyable. Since we’re not likely to quit technology anytime soon, it’s more important than ever to protect the spine. Enhance the health of your spine and improve spinal health for good starting with a stop at The Joint today.

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

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