Don't Let Technology Hurt Your Back
By Stepy Kamei
I'm sure we've all been told at some point or another that we should focus on improving our posture. Once you begin to understand the many detrimental effects that poor posture can bring on your health, from poor sleep to weight gain, it's not hard to see why. Having good posture goes far beyond merely looking polite or appearing to have good manners. When your posture is the best it can be, it shows in your physical and mental health.
Unfortunately, today's tech-heavy society makes it difficult to naturally achieve good posture, which is why more and more of us are experiencing back pain without necessarily knowing what's causing our ailments. You may be surprised to learn that some of the most common everyday habits you partake in can be making your posture, and therefore your health, worse. These are some of the most common reasons why chiropractors are seeing patients complaining of back pain.
Modern Reliance on Technology is a Problem
Everywhere you look these days almost, the majority of people around you have their noses buried in their smartphones. Others may be sitting down at a coffee shop hunched over a laptop or tablet. It's a similar scene in the office, or even in many people's homes. These technological devices have certainly helped people connect with the world at a faster rate, but it's starting to cost us our back health. Chiropractors refer to such patients who experience pain in their neck, shoulders, and upper back as suffering from "Tech Neck." As you might've guessed, having appropriate posture is one of the best things you can do to combat this health issue.
Keep a Healthy Posture
In general, you want to focus on improving your posture overall, so it's easier to maintain good form even when you're working at a desk for long periods. Many people find imagery helps them. Imagine a thin yet strong thread gently pulling you from the top of your head. You can also imagine a small pencil has been placed between your shoulder blades, and you've been tasked with not letting the pencil drop. To do this, you'll need to keep making sure your shoulders are rolled back and your back is straight up.
You'll also want to take frequent breaks from using various technological devices. Try to stand up and walk away from any screen at least every two hours over the course of your day. For further advice, you can consult with a chiropractor at uour local The Joint Chiropractic clinic.