By Dr. John L. Reizer
Founder of NoFakeNews
If you’re like most people in the modern world, you probably have a mobile phone and spend a good portion of your daily routine looking down at the device’s screen. Nowadays, most mobile phones are actually handheld computers that provide us with numerous apps that make our lives a lot easier to manage.
We use handheld electronic devices to communicate with people, manage bank accounts, pay bills, accept payment from others, entertainment purposes, and so many other things that I am leaving out for the sake of keeping this post reasonably short. The point I am making is that the average person in today’s world is regularly staring down at a mobile phone. We’re using handheld devices for far too many hours each day and certainly a lot longer than anyone could have ever imagined.
As a practitioner of chiropractic, I have been seeing a large number of patients each week that have a condition known as Tech Neck. Tech Neck is simply pain and stiffness experienced in the cervical spine and it’s caused from constantly looking down at handheld electronic devices. Common symptoms of this condition are neck soreness, decreased range of motion in the cervical spine, headaches, shoulder pain, and numbness and tingling in the arms.
Looking down at a handheld device for countless hours during the course of a day can lead to serious damage to the cervical spine. When the spine is set in a fixed position for extended periods of time, the paraspinal muscles that surround the neck and upper back can go into spasm. This can cause individual vertebral segments to become slightly misaligned from one another which can cause impingements of the cervical spinal nerves that control the functions of human physiology.
Many people falsely believe that pain and loss of range of motion in the neck and upper back caused from constantly staring down at a cell phone is not a serious problem. Truth be told, spinal misalignments in the neck and upper back can lead to degenerative arthritis in the same spinal regions as well as systemic diseases throughout the body. In addition, the intervertebral discs that exist between the various spinal segments can also become permanently damaged as a result of prolonged spinal misalignments.
Spinal nerves that run up and down the length of the human backbone are extensions of the brain and spinal cord. Electronic messages that run through delicate nerve fibers in afferent and efferent directions (to and from the brain and its targeted physiological endpoints) are placed in a compromised situation when pressure is exerted upon them from misaligned spinal bones. Nerve fibers can quickly lose their abilities to transmit the brain’s messages properly and this can lead to a state of poor health from a physiological standpoint.
Remember to set and respect time limits with regards to using handheld electronic devices. Take plenty of breaks during the course of each day and if your neck is getting sore and you feel tense, turn off your device and stretch for a few minutes.
Every person should also make an appointment with a qualified doctor of chiropractic to have a spinal examination performed several times a year. Spinal misalignments that can be quite devastating to any person’s health can be corrected in a matter of minutes by a spinal adjustment.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!
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