The simple answer is YES. We spend on average 10 minutes every hour checking our social media, reading articles, and answering emails. Not only does this effect the positioning of the neck, but our head is tilted forward, our shoulders are rounded, and our eyes are strained! Overall our posture is poor and this causes extra pressure on our spine for lengthy periods of time. Over many months and years this will cause stiffness, chronic pain, and overload on your spine. Remember when you’re mom used to say “Sit up properly!” It’s now time to take that advice.
What can I do to take the pain away?
- Take a Break
Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look 20 feet ahead! (Canadian Chiropractic Association, 2019)
- Aim for Eye Level
When you are planning to watch Netflix on your tablet or type on your phone for long periods of time, prop your device on a pillow or sit on the dining table with a pillow under your device. This way you are looking straight at it, not up or down!
- Stretch it out!
Slowly turn your head all the way to the right and hold for 15 seconds, now do the same to the left side. After this tilt your right ear to the right shoulder, and the same with the left side! Motion is lotion and the best way to keep going in the digital age!
Remember, chiropractors focus on muscular and skeletal problems, especially neck pain, low-back pain, shoulder pain and headaches. If you have questions about your neck pain and how to get rid of the discomfort, contact our office for more information!
Dr. A @ Kawartha Care