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Our modern digital age has brought us many conveniences. BlackBerry devices, iPhones, tablets and e-readers allow us to communicate and be entertained with the push of a button. Technology can improve our quality of life, but it comes with a price: being huddled over devices for long period of times can do more harm than good. 

Using certain devices for extended periods of time can easily lead to neck strain, headaches, and pain in the shoulders, arms and hands. 

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Anyone who has used a cellphone or tablet for an extensive amount of time has probably experienced the peculiar strain it puts on your upper body. These conditions even have their own name now: Text Neck.

Here are some simple strategies to help shut down text neck strain: 

Take frequent breaks

Taking frequent breaks and looking up from your device can provide your neck with some relief from the pressure of looking down. 

Sit up straight

It is important to sit up straight while texting. This way you can maintain good posture, relieving your back and shoulders from the strain of being hunched over. 

Hold the phone a little higher

Holding the phone closer to eye level helps maintain a healthy posture and puts less strain on the neck.

Stretch

Be sure to stretch often between long periods of extended use of devices. You can rotate your shoulders with your arms by your sides to relieve tension. You can also tuck your chin down to your neck and then look up – this helps to relieve some of the tension in your neck built from the common forward-down position you adopt when looking at your device.

Get Adjusted

Only 10% of the population currently has a regular chiropractic visit. Ensuring your spine is healthy and in proper alignment is the most important step towards avoiding pains and strains. 

 

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Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

 

 

 

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With smartphone users now spending an average of two to four hours a day with their heads dropped down, this results in “700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses seen about the cervical spine”, according to the research.

People simply forget how often they look down at their phones and for how long.

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This can cause: head pain, neck pain, arm pain and numbness More importantly it stretches your spinal cord 2-3 inches longer than it should. This ultimately decreased the connection between your brain and body by 50% after only 2 minutes.When you stand and face forward in a normal standing position, all the curves of your neck and spine are in correct alignment. But when you drop your chin on to your chest for a long period you are stretching the whole structure.

Eventually, in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle, it could lead to serious consequences.

You can use the phone is better ways with voice recognition, siri or simply call people instead of always texting. Take regular breaks and you can even alter your texting positions to avoid problems.

It is not the first time we have been warned about the dangers of texting. In 2011 it was blamed for an increase in pedestrian deaths in the US, with some towns considering the introduction of fines for people who text while walking. “Blackberry thumb” – repetitive strain injury caused by texting – has been joined by “iPad hand”, aches and pains caused by swiping and typing on a tablet. The list of ailments expands with every new piece of technology.

Getting your spine checked regularly also reduces your changes of any spinal damage occurring and increases the Brain-Body connection.

Remember, anything worth having (teeth, house, cars....spine) all need to be maintained.

God Bless,
Dr. Matthew Posa

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