Is Staying Connected a Pain in the Neck?

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthThe world is getting smaller and its people more accessible than ever thanks to modern technology. Unfortunately, as the ease of connecting increases so does our physical aches and pains. This fall, Chiro One Wellness Centers will educate the public on how they can stay connected without pain during National Chiropractic Health Month in October. This year’s theme, “Get Techno Healthy!” focuses on ways people can remain healthy while toting the gadgets they love or working long hours in front of a computer.

The excessive use of mobile devices and incorrect posture while using smart phones and other gadgets or while sitting in front of a computer can lead to neck, back, wrist and even thumb pain, in addition to other musculoskeletal issues. The problem is becoming so widespread that earlier this year a spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that musculoskeletal injuries remain one of the biggest workplace health and safety problems in American industry. Experts in treating musculoskeletal conditions, Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) can offer patients a number of strategies to lessen the toll of technology on their bodies. Among them:

  • Keep messages short and simple; abbreviate.
  • ractice using other fingers for typing, especially when thumbs hurt.
  • Don’t slouch when texting.
  • Keep wrists upright, straight and close to the body when holding a device.
  • Turn your devices off on the weekends (or at least Sunday).
  • Get outside, exercise and enjoy nature, too! Balance is key to staying healthy.

To learn more about Chiro One Wellness, call 877-724-4731.

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