Did you know that electronic devices like cell phones, tablets, and laptops could be the cause of your neck pain? These devices cause an increase in strain and poor neck posture. This puts strain on the mid and even low back. Let’s take a look at some ways to prevent device related neck pain.
In 2017, a study was done where users were provided a smartphone app which, based upon a short questionnaire, gave participants an individualized exercise program to complete. The program lasted for 12 minutes a day, 3 days per week, for a total of 8 weeks. At the end of the trial users reported a significant improvement of their neck pain intensity and disability.
Another study done in 2020 was conducted with an app which promoted neck pain self management by implementing stretching and deep breathing. This was extremely successful through respect to pain levels, muscle tension, and cervical range of motion.
Due to all of the major successes, it comes as no surprise that patients utilizing these sources will achieve significant improvements in neck and overall pain. The apps are great because they provide reminders to users to complete their daily exercises on time and to track their overall process.
Some users may need some extra support and treatment. That is where doctors of chiropractic come into play. DC’s specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of the root cause of the neck pain. They deliver manual therapies which restore motion to affected joints. This has been proven to significantly reduce pain and disability. They even provide nutritional recommendations and more specialized at home or in office exercises to complete.
Since modern electronic devices aren’t going anywhere, we must be sure to do all we can to reduce the risk of device related neck pain.
Avoid looking downward at your devices and instead hold them at eye level.
Get regular exercise, stay hydrated, get 7-8 hours of sleep, manage stress, and eat clean to reduce inflammation.
Reach out to us today if you have any other questions or need help managing your neck pain.