Now more than ever we are a society that relies on technology. We utilize technology for all areas of life: communication, work, shopping—whatever we need, we can find at the click of a button.
While this is extremely helpful and easy, it can have some health consequences that you may not recognize.
For instance, working at a desk and craning over the computer screen for hours at a time can be damaging to your neck and back. In addition, many people, especially the younger generation that spend hours staring down at their phones to text friends or scroll through social media are suffering from neck and back pain. This type of pain due to poor posture is associated with something called “text neck” or “tech neck.” Because technology is such a big part of our world, it’s not going anywhere soon. So how can we address the health concerns that come with it without eliminating it completely? Thankfully, chiropractic care from a Bozeman chiropractor can help neutralize the effects of text neck.
Bending over technology often and for long periods of time means that our head and neck are constantly straining forwards, away from the shoulders and spine that are our body’s support system. The weight of the head is meant to be supported by the neck and spine, but when it is pulled forward in an unnatural position to look at technological devices, it puts tension on the body that can lead to muscle strain, tightness, headaches, compressed nerves, or other injuries over time.
While technology is fairly new, chiropractic has been around for centuries. Focusing on spinal health has shown to have many added benefits for overall health and wellness. For those suffering from text neck, getting regular chiropractic adjustments can help improve poor posture that results from time bent over technology. Bozeman chiropractor Dr. Cary Gentry will perform a spinal assessment to locate spinal misalignments, or vertebrae that are out of place. He will then gently adjust the spine to restore proper alignment.
When the spine is aligned, it can release nerve compression, ease muscle tension and aching neck pain, and ensure that the head is once again properly supported. Regular chiropractic care is not only beneficial for the musculoskeletal system, but also for overall health and wellness. It is an investment that can last a lifetime.
Technology isn’t going anywhere. While it will be around for a while, your text neck doesn’t have to stay.
Regularly connecting with a Bozeman chiropractor is recommended to help combat the effects of tech neck in this technological day and age. So while you may have to continue looking at devices to stay connected to the world or perform your job, you don’t have to suffer because of it. Contact Dr. Cary Gentry of Waypoint Chiropractic for safe, gentle, and effective chiropractic care so that you can continue to perform at your highest level of health and wellness.
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