BRANCHBURG — The world is getting smaller thanks to modern technology; but unfortunately, aches and pains are growing as a result. This October, members of the Association of NJ Chiropractors, the statewide association representing over 2000 chiropractors, are observing National Chiropractic Health Month by educating the public on how they can stay connected without pain.
National Chiropractic Health Month is sponsored annually by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). This year’s theme—“Get TechnoHealthy!”—focuses on ways people can remain healthy while toting the gadgets they love or working long hours in front of a computer.
The excessive use of mobile devices and incorrect posture while using smart phones and other gadgets or while sitting in front of a computer can lead to neck, back, wrist and even thumb pain, in addition to other musculoskeletal issues. The problem is becoming so widespread that earlier this year a spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that musculoskeletal injuries remain one of the biggest workplace health and safety problems in American industry.
This year, ANJC asks chiropractic patients and the public the question, “Are you TechnoHealthy?”
“People need to be aware that the technology they enjoy and use on a daily basis can cause pain, which can be alleviated by proper safety tips and procedures,” says Dr. Steven Clarke, president of the ANJC. “Our bodies are made to move—not to maintain the same stooped-over posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly. The good news is that there are stretches and exercises that can help prevent pain and injury. There are also natural approaches to treating aches and pain, such as chiropractic care, that don’t involve drugs or surgery.”
ANJC has developed these TechnoHealthy tips to keep people free from pain when getting connected:
- When using devices, such as smart phones, that have small keyboards, avoid typing for more than three minutes without a break.
- Keep messages short and simple; abbreviate.
- Practice using other fingers for typing, especially when thumbs hurt.
- Don’t slouch when texting.
- Keep wrists upright, straight and close to the body when holding a device.
- Don’t bend your neck excessively when texting; tuck your chin in instead and look down.
- Turn your devices off on the weekends (or at least Sunday)!
- Get outside, exercise and enjoy nature, too! Balance is the key to staying healthy.
To find a chiropractor in your area visit: www.njchiropractors.com.
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