Is screen time doing more harm then good?
This question has started to float around the past few years and many believe there is good cause for concern. The booming tech industry has everyone utilizing a computer or some sort of tech device, in every part of our lives. From work computers, mobile phones to movie streaming on our lap tops we just can’t seem to break away from our screen time.
Yes, technology has made our lives easier and everything in it much more convenient. But there is a price to pay, and the physical health of our bodies is the price.
Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubical tunnel syndrome, de quervain’s (aka texting thumb – yes, there is such a thing!), headaches, low back pain, neck and shoulder tension are just a few to name that are repercussions of excessive use of our electronic devices and computers.
These conditions arise from bad ergonomics, stress and tension in the joints due to a change in a movement that our bodies were not designed for.
So how do we lessen the burden we place on our bodies before they become chronic issues?
Have you checked your work desk for correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing and good desk posture?
Are you getting up and taking breaks from computer/phone every 30-60 minutes adding movement with a walk?
Are you strengthening and stabilizing the body, particularly the back, arms, neck?
Are you treating underlying issues with therapy such as ultrasound, Graston technique, acupuncture, kinesio tape, chiropractic adjustments?
Did you answer no to one or more? Making small changes can help tremendously toward a healthier lifestyle and saving yourself from any future chronic pain.
Dr. Joanna Reaves