With the rise of the cell phone has also come the rise of new symptoms and syndromes, like “Text Neck” or “Tech Neck”. Chiropractors are also finding that because people are spending more and more time sitting at a computer for extended periods of time, they are having more low back problems. As a society we run on technology, from cell phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it is creating new dilemmas in our health. Chiropractors have noted shifts in postural conditions and causes for certain symptoms. Chiropractors can help keep your spine aligned and help your body function at its best, but there are some things you can do to help as well.
Limit Electronic Time
We all text, email, and play games on our phones or tablets while looking down. While this may not seem like a big deal, extended periods of looking down cause extreme tension in your neck and can cause some muscles to elongate and others to shorten, making it harder for them to hold your spine in proper alignment. By simply limiting how much time you spend in this position, you can help keep the wear on those muscles and joints to a minimum.
Practice Good Posture
When you are sitting at your computer, are your shoulders pulled back? Are you sitting up straight? More often the answers are no, but if you make a conscious effort to make sure you are sitting upright, not slouching or rounding your shoulders, you can help strengthen the muscles in your back and keep your spine in a more natural position.
With all the sitting we do on a daily basis, it is becoming more important to get up and move. Simply taking a walk helps to stretch muscles, relieve tension, and lubricate your joints. You might also be surprised at how much better taking a short walk every day can make you feel. Another great way to help reduce stress on your back is to make sure you get up every 20 minutes and get a drink of water then sit back down to continue working.