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Is your phone being a pain in the neck?

Is your phone being a pain in the neck?

There is no denying that technology has transformed the way we live, but we are spending more and more time glued to our mobile devices and that’s good and bad!  Good that we stay connected to our friends and family and businesses but bad in that it also puts a big strain on our spine.

Americans on average spend over 12 hours a day on mobile devices every day whether it be texting, looking at social media, checking out a website, making phone calls.  Within five minutes of waking up in the morning 40 percent of us check our phones, and 80% use phones during mealtimes with family and friends. This “overuse technology” takes a toll on our overall health and wellness.

Looking down hunched over mobile devices puts excessive strain on the neck which can cause neck pain. This is a very common complaint – in fact, the chance that you will have neck pain at some point in your lifetime is nearly 50%

More and more people are suffering from ‘Text Neck’ – this refers to neck pain and damage from looking down at mobile devices for prolonged periods. Staring down at your phone can put immense pressure on your neck and spine.

There is no need to shun all technology. Changing a few habits can make a big difference in improving your health and add years to your spinal wellness.

Neck pain can often come from looking at your phone for too long.

Neck pain can often come from looking at your phone for too long.

Here are some tips to help avoid text neck and other spinal health issues resulting from poor posture and excessive use of mobile devices:

1.  Change your habits on when you access your phone.  It doesn’t have to be every 10-15 minutes!

2. Change the way you hold your phone – bring the screen to eye level so your head is not slouched forward. This way you don’t have to be in a forward-head posture for long periods of time.

3. Take regular breaks from mobile devices. For example, don’t check your phone while commuting and DRIVING!

4. Use a blue tooth device that connects to your phone in the instance that you need to get that call, you won’t be slumped over and have poor posture while conversing.

5. Get social with family or friends during get-togethers (especially during meal time). You’ll enjoy your interaction with them and have some great conversation with your loved ones!

Stretching can help alleviate neck pain and discomfort caused by “text neck”. Indiana Chiropractic Center can help provide you a regimen of exercises are suitable for you and your lifestyle.

Depending on your circumstances, Indiana Chiropractic Center may suggest a variety of techniques that improve range of motion and function and will develop a program of care that may combine more than one type of treatment, depending on your needs. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, a care plan may include mobilization, massage, rehabilitative exercise, as well as dietary and lifestyle advice.

Call us today to setup an appointment and get that pain in the neck resolved!  317.598.5221 or

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