When using handheld devices, it is easy to slip into posture that puts strain on the neck. When people pull a phone out of their pocket to view or send text messages, you will most likely see them holding the phone near the waist, instinctively slumping their shoulders and craning the neck to peer downward at the phone. Likewise, with tablets and e-readers, it is most common to see people sitting and holding them in their lap, straining their neck to look downward. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we want to keep people aware of the importance of posture in preventing against neck damage. When engaging with your handheld device, try to remind yourself of the following simple tips:
Keep the spine in neutral posture by standing up straight, with your shoulders pulled backward and the head facing forward. To compliment this position, raise the device to eye level. It may feel funny at first, or make you feel self-conscious, but the benefit to your neck should outweigh the embarrassment. Make sure that the phone is not constantly in your hand, and if it is, change your position frequently to make sure the neck is not stuck in the head-forward position for long periods of time.
Little things, like our interaction with small screens, impact our overall quality of health. The neck already endures enough wear and tear from normal activity; for those who find texting an indelible part of their lifestyle, there are ways to combat the deleterious effects. Call our office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223 to schedule an appointment where we can discuss your habits and their impact on your spine. We can help you instill proper postural habits and show you stretches that will keep the neck protected.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.