Hunching over our phones or computer screens – we’re all guilty of it! We often slouch without even realising it, causing a strain on our back and neck. Its such a common occurrence that US chiropractor Dr. DL Fishman even coined the term “text neck” to describe the issue. It is said that text neck is the “repeated stress injury and pain in the neck resulting from excessive watching or texting on hand held devices over a sustained period of time.”
Does this sound like you?
Pain Causes Stress, Stress Causes Pain
It may feel like a never-ending cycle, your neck aches making you grouchy and irritable and the stress caused by the pain can exemplify the symptoms of the aching even more so. You may feel constantly on edge as you never truly get to relax. Living in pain all the time can put a strain on not only your physical health, but your mental health too. Relationships could be suffering as you may find yourself having to stay in due to pain, rather than going out and spending time with your friends and family. Fixing the root cause of the problem can make a world of difference, leading to a healthier, happier life.
What Can You Do?!
Making a conscious effort to correct your posture is definitely a great start, try to associate your phone/computer with a straight back and see if you can remember every time you pick up that phone that you need to have good posture.
Taking a break from the computer to walk around and have a stretch will make you feel more energised and less achy in the long run. Your back and neck being in the same position for long periods of time can cause a huge strain and will lead to more pain.
A variety of exercises and stretches can also help alleviate the pain caused by poor posture, which when used in conjunction with chiropractic sessions can eliminate the pain altogether.
If you’re sick and tired of your pain controlling your life, and want a planned treatment rather than a temporary fix that only lessens the pain for a short period in time, get in touch and see what we can do for you.
How does your pain affect your life? Have you ever had to miss out on an event due to aching too much? We’d love to hear from you!