In the past decade, advancements and innovations in technology have changed our modern world. With our tech-centric culture, many of us have adapted into a sedentary lifestyle, enjoying less physical activity and more technology than ever before. Undoubtedly, this can have a severe impact on both our mental and physical health.
Health experts estimates that the average office worker spends at least 10 hours a day sitting – from working at their computer to sitting in front of the television at home. So exactly how does prolonged sitting effect your physical health? When you sit, blood flows slower and muscles burn less fat, which makes it easier for fatty acids to clog your heart. Sitting down after eating also slows down digestion, which can lead to cramping, bloating, and heartburn. In addition, sitting applies more pressure to spine compared to standing, which can result in long-term back issues. Prolonged sitting is also known to increase your risk of herniated disks.
Americans spend on average more than four hours a day on their smart phone – from surfing the internet, talking to friends, online shopping, doing business, etc. Research has shown that when you tilt your head forward 60 degrees to look at your phone, you’re putting about 60 pounds of pressure on the neck. This epidemic is known as “text neck.” In addition to “text neck,” the term “text claw” has also recently emerged as an unofficial medical diagnosis for wrist and hand pain after excessive smart phone use. The swelling from “text claw” can actually develop into more serious issues, such as tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
At Renton Petett Chiropractic, we’re advocates of the active Northwest lifestyle. We understand the importance of physical activity towards a healthy mental and physical well-being. But we also understand that avoiding technology altogether is impossible, especially when it’s work-related. However, there are ways to improve your technology consumption to lessen the harm it can have on your body.
Maintain proper sitting posture
When at your work desk or in front of computer, be sure to sit with the correct posture to prevent developing back and spinal issues. The correct way to sit is with your back straight up and your shoulders back. Your buttocks should touch the back of your chair. We suggest placing a small pillow or a lumbar roll to help you maintain the normal curves in your low back. Be sure to distribute your body weight evenly on both hips and rest your feet flat on the floor. While seated, you never want to be reaching or leaning forward as it causes major strain on your body.
Improve smart phone habits
The best way to prevent “text neck” or “text claw” is to improve smart phone habits and limit use. Take frequent breaks from using your phone and try not to depend on your pinky finger to support your phone’s weight while using it. When on your phone, we recommend placing your phone on a table or desk whenever possible to avoid the need to grip.
Regular chiropractic appointments
Regular chiropractic check-ups help to keep our spine in alignment in order to maintain optimum health. Adjustments made by your Renton chiropractor can reduce pain and discomfort without the need surgery or drugs, while preventing future health issues from occurring. Research shows that chiropractic care is the one of safest and most effective solution to lower back and neck pains. Chiropractic can also treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other wrist issues, as it relates to excessive technology use.
To schedule an appointment now with your expert and dedicated Renton chiropractors at Petett Chiropractic, give us a call now. We’re available to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding chiropractic care or your physical health.