Did you know that over 200 billion text messages are sent every month?
The average time spent on a smartphone daily per adult is nearly an hour and a half. Three-quarters of teenagers now also have cell phones and spend on average 100 to 150 text messages every day.
While texting and smartphone use make communication faster and easier than ever before it also may be harming our health both mental and physical. In the physical realm, nearly 25% have complained of back-related pain from carrying too much “stuff” – laptops, cell phones, cameras, tablets, and more.
Along with the extra weight more and more people are turning away from desktop computer use making a strong straight spine and proper posture more difficult. People often look down at their phones and set laptops on beds or couches while sitting Indian style. This is hard on the neck, back, hips, knees, and even ankles. Extended use in these positions can lead to problems over time.
Along with these injuries we are now seeing more wrist, thumb, and finger pain than ever before due to smartphone use. Keyboards may have offered up carpal tunnel as a repetitive injury, but phone keypads can have a wide range of crippling cramping pains that over time can get worse if not treated.
If you are a professional or personally heavy technology user there are steps you can take to help protect your body from undue wear and tear.
- Stretch your fingers and hands regularly.
- Raise your cell phone screen up to eye level rather than hunching to look at your lap.
- Take regular breaks.
- Don’t compose long emails on your phone – save them for when you have time on the computer.
- This one may surprise you – handwrite more often. Handwriting letters and lists can help keep your handwriting sharp as well as the muscles in your hands more agile and strong.
- If you don’t need your device for work, try leaving it home or in the car once in a while. Contrary to popular belief we do not need to be connected 24/7.
The office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. can help you not only treat but prevent technology-related injuries. Make your appointment today by calling 239-332-2555 or visit us online at www.drkasters.com to learn more!
Chiropractor | Nutritionist in Ft Myers, FL.
Chiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?
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