Health & Technology

Is Hunching Over Your Laptop Hurting Your Neck?

Posted by 28 Apr, 2016

 The Growing Problem of Hunched-Over Laptop Syndrome The average person uses a computer, typically a laptop, on a daily basis for several hours, whether is it viewing work e-mails, staying up-to-date with news, and even communicating with friends and family on social media platforms. In one study, it was found that people between the ages […]

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 The Growing Problem of Hunched-Over Laptop Syndrome

The average person uses a computer, typically a laptop, on a daily basis for several hours, whether is it viewing work e-mails, staying up-to-date with news, and even communicating with friends and family on social media platforms. In one study, it was found that people between the ages of 16 and 24 spend about 27 hours a week viewing the Internet from their laptops. Could you be a victim from H.O.L.S. (Hunched-Over Laptop Syndrome) and not even know it? When you constantly look down at your laptop screen, you are putting tension on your neck’s muscular and skeletal structures. After an hour or so, the muscles become burdened with excess load and thus get strained. Over time, you can develop neck issues such as cervical muscle strains, loss of normal cervical curve, misalignment/subluxation of the neck and mid-back vertebrae and even herniated cervical discs from H.O.L.S. Yikes!

 

A Simple Solution

The solution to H.O.L.S. is similar to the one we gave you about the Text Neck Syndrome. Your laptop screen needs to be near eye-level distance to protect your neck from excessive neck flexion and unwanted tension and pain. Try stacking books underneath your laptop or buy a laptop stand. Once your laptop screen is raised closer to eye level, your neck will start to feel a whole lot better. Also, try to take mini-breaks and stretch every 30 minutes. Remember a tension-free neck is a happy and healthy neck!

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Chiropractic Care Can Help

A proven and safe way to treat neck pain is through chiropractic adjustments and simple exercises that will promote a more healthy range of motion, correct spinal alignment, and proper posture which in turn alleviates the pain associated with this common problem.

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy week! We invite you to visit Smith Chiropractic Family Care and Sports Injury Center. We will be back next week with another useful wellness tip.

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Is Your Smartphone Keeping You Up at Night?

Posted by 17 Apr, 2016

  Smartphone-induced Insomnia Smartphones have the profound ability of keeping us up-to-date on all of the information concerning the great wide world we live in. But can having all this knowledge at your fingertips be detrimental to healthy sleeping patterns? A recent survey found that four in ten smartphone users would check their phone at […]

 

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Smartphone-induced Insomnia

Smartphones have the profound ability of keeping us up-to-date on all of the information concerning the great wide world we live in. But can having all this knowledge at your fingertips be detrimental to healthy sleeping patterns? A recent survey found that four in ten smartphone users would check their phone at night, if it woke them up. This can be a huge problem as the blue light emitted from smartphones can suppress the production of the sleep-regulating hormone know as melatonin. A reduction in melatonin production can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.

To avoid smartphone-induced insomnia, turn your bedroom into a tech-free zone, to help promote healthy sleep patterns. Another solution is to turn off your mobile device 60 to 90 minutes before bed to help your mind wind down. This will also make sure that your melatonin levels in your brain are not being disrupted. We all know how critical it is to get a healthy amount of sleep nightly in order to be well rested the next day. So follow these simple solutions to make it easier to doze off into dreamland and feel well rested when you wake up in the morning.

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy week! We invite you to visit Smith Chiropractic Family Care and Sports Injury Center. We will be back next week with another useful health & technology tip.

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Is Texting Giving You a Sore Thumb?

Posted by 11 Apr, 2016

Is All That Texting Giving You a Sore Thumb? Texting has become one of the most popular means of communicating in today’s techno savvy world. In a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, it was found that Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 sent an average of 110 texts per day. That’s […]

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Is All That Texting Giving You a Sore Thumb?

Texting has become one of the most popular means of communicating in today’s techno savvy world. In a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, it was found that Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 sent an average of 110 texts per day. That’s insane! While you are typing out all those messages, you are putting unfavorable tension and pressure on your thumbs. Over time, continuous use of your thumbs for texting can lead to painful tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendons, and you can develop premature arthritis. That sounds like a problem that no one wants!

Lucky, we have a solution that will help mitigate the tension and pain that can happen in your thumbs due to texting. It’s a simple stretching exercise. Take a rubber band and wrap it around your thumb and index finger. Next, move your thumb and index finger in opposite directions from one another, hold for 3 seconds and then bring your thumb and index finger back together. It is recommended to perform this movement for about 20 repetitions. By doing this exercise, you will stretch overworked muscles thus protecting your thumbs from unwanted problems and complications due to constant texting.

In addition to addressing spinal health, chiropractic adjustments can help restore function and provide relief for a number of misalignment issues that occur between the 27 bones of the wrist/hand. If you experience thumb pain due to excessive texting or any pain in your hand/wrist, chiropractic care can be an effective method of correcting the cause of your pain and preventing future problems.

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy week! Remember to stop by Smith Chiropractic Family Care and Sports Injury Center. We will be back next week with another important health & technology tip.

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Is Your Smartphone Becoming a Pain-in-the-Neck?

Posted by 3 Apr, 2016

The Growing Problem of Text Neck Syndrome: In today’s technology driven world, more and more people are constantly viewing their smartphones on a daily basis. It was reported that the average person views their mobile device 110 times a day. That’s insane! While you are constantly looking down at your phone, you are putting tons of […]

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The Growing Problem of Text Neck Syndrome: In today’s technology driven world, more and more people are constantly viewing their smartphones on a daily basis. It was reported that the average person views their mobile device 110 times a day. That’s insane! While you are constantly looking down at your phone, you are putting tons of stress and tension on your neck. Over time, this can strain the neck’s muscular and skeletal structures. Yikes, that does not sound good.

Help for Text Neck Syndrome: Lucky, we have a simple solution to text neck syndrome. Instead of looking down at your phone, you should hold it eye level distance. By making this small adjustment, you can protect your neck from unwanted harm. Trust me, your neck will thank you! If you continue to experience neck pain and/or discomfort, chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective method of correcting the cause of your pain and preventing future problems.

A proven and safe way to treat neck pain is through chiropractic adjustments and simple exercises that will promote a more healthy range of motion, correct spinal alignment, and proper posture which in turn alleviates the pain associated with this common problem.

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy week! We invite you to visit Smith Chiropractic Family Care and Sports Injury Center. We will be back next week with another useful health & technology tip.

 

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