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While technology has opened a whole new world with its computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets, its usage does come with some aches and pains. Today’s millennials are just about glued to their gadgets. According to a study by the Vision Council, more than 60 percent of adults spend over five hours on electronic devices each day, and four out of 10 folks log at least nine hours of screen time every day. Neck pain, back pain and headaches are just a few of the techno woes. Just by spending time on Instagram or Facebook can put increased pressure on your cervical spine. As a matter of fact, the increase goes from 10 pounds to 60 pounds. As you tilt your head forward and down while using your cell phone, you set yourself up for poor posture. It’s such a problem today that it has it’s earned its own name – text neck. When people use their hands and arms in repetitive motions, such as sweeping an iPad’s screen or toggling the Blackberry ball, it can gradually damage muscles, nerves and tendons. It’s known as a repetitive strain injury (RSI) with carpal tunnel syndrome being one of the most common types.
Preventing technology-related injuries is possible with modifications. Computer equipment and furniture should be ergonomically fit for sitting and typing positions. Fingers and wrists should remain level when typing and a wrist rest should be used for extra support. Sit up straight while sitting at a computer and choose a chair with lumbar support. About every 30 minutes, you should take a break to stretch and walk around.
Like all of your techy devices, chiropractic care for pain relief from digital woes goes hand-in-hand with millennials. Our Redding chiropractors, Dr. Hutchings and Dr. Edwards, offer a variety of chiropractor treatments to ease pain from digital wear and tear. At Churn Creek Chiropractic, we take a holistic and multi-faceted approach in treating technology-related injuries. Each treatment modality is designed to work synergistically for optimal results, and may include spinal adjustments, massage therapy, electric muscle stimulation and corrective exercises.
Our Redding chiropractors do a complete exam, including postural, orthopedic, neurological and X-rays to identify the underlying cause of your pain. Depending on your condition, our experienced chiropractors may use the Gonstead, Palmer, Diversified or flexion distraction spinal adjustment technique in your treatment plan..
Massage therapy is the ideal adjunct treatment to spinal adjustments. It enhances circulation for the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, reduces muscles spasms, reduces inflammation and speeds up the healing process. Electric stimulation entails a low electric impulse, which penetrates deep to reduce pain and accelerate healing at the cellular level. And with corrective exercises, patients can build strength and prevent future injuries.
If you’re suffering from digital pain, call Churn Creek Chiropractic today at 530-221-4991 for an effective treatment plan