More and more people are addicted to their smart phones and tablets - which means too much time looking down. This puts enormous stress and strain on the neck and upper back as well as the hands and wrists. Constantly looking down at your screen, promotes a hunched mid back and a reverse curve in your neck region. And the younger generation is especially at risk because their spines are still developing.
As you tap and swipe, use these tips to avoid the aches and pains that come with the digital age. Your back and neck will thank you.
- Limit screen time for children = Leave devices in kitchen at bedtime to avoid temptation.
- Take a break = Let your arms rest at your sides.
- The 20-20-20 rule = Give your eyes a break! Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look about 20 feet ahead.
- Change positions = Avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time. Get up and take a walk!
- Aim higher = Raise your phone up to eye level to avoid straining your neck.
- Prop up your device against something so your shoulders and arms can relax.
- Use pain as a warning = If you're experiencing pain in your neck, between your shoulder blades or frequent headaches than there may be some issues going on.
The only thing that's more important than "perfect" posture is movement. If you or your child are experiencing lasting pain or discomfort, visit us at Uptown Chiropractic to develop a plan to get you back on track.