For better or worse, technology has become a tool that we utilize for many hours a day. This may lead to forward head posture. Cell phones, tablets, laptops, computers, and gaming consoles are just a few of the items that hold our attention for hours on end. With so much time spent on our devices, our posture and repetitive movements start to change accordingly. This fact can, unfortunately, lead to a condition called forward head posture. Below we explore the reality of forward head posture and what can be done about it.
Consider the position you are in while using your device at work, home or even on the go. You’ve got your head down, neck bent, and shoulders hunched. No wonder so many people, especially adolescents, are experiencing back and neck pain.
Reliance on Technology
We have seen an increase in young people coming into our office complaining about headaches and neck and shoulder pain. It takes about two minutes to see why. They are hunched over their phone the majority of the time that they are in our office.
The need to be ‘connected’ and ‘reachable’ has permeated the younger demographics. We see the age of children getting cellphones drop every year. They grow up on their phone and are never without them. It is important to understand that where the head goes, the body will follow. If your head is tilted, your neck will be bent and that will continue into hunched shoulders. In children’s formative years, these repetitive movements can have painful consequences.
It is not only children who suffer from forward head posture. Many adults who work at a desk suffer from poor posture as well. Prolonged forward head posture can lead to long term problems like disc herniation, pinched nerves, and severe muscle strain not to mention the secondary problems such as headaches, restless sleep and lack of energy.
What Can You Do?
For both yourself and the children in your life, it is important to be mindful of the strain you put on your body throughout the day. If you work at a desk or sit for long periods of time, make sure to get up and move every half hour. This will help to reset your posture and keep your joints and muscles from the constant strain. Consider a standing desk or change the angle of your monitor to keep your neck and shoulders in a relaxed, neutral position.
Educate your children about using their technology mindfully. The earlier they start changing their habits, the better. Limiting screen time and choosing more active hobbies will help immensely. We know, easier said than done. Unfortunately, if you are not their teacher in this matter, they might learn the hard and painful way later in life.
Seeking out regular chiropractic care can help correct and maintain your posture. Getting regular adjustments can be a great tool in your arsenal to combat the abuse we put our bodies through all day. Our bodies are machines that we push to the limit every day. It makes sense that just like your car, you need regular tune-ups in order to avoid bigger problems down the road.
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