EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — Working on computers and texting on our cell phones are a part of our everyday lives, but they could be taking a toll on our overall health.
Dr. Richard Matuszczak of East Longmeadow says that over the last 18 to 24 months, he’s seen a rise in patients presenting with neck pain and other issues that stem from damage to the neck.
According to Dr. Matuszczak, this could be a correlation to the amount of time we’re spending on our electronics.
When we look downward, as you would to check your cell phone, we put added strain on the joints in our neck and the cervical spine, or vertebrae in the neck, start to arch in the opposite of the natural direction. Over time that strain can cause injury to those joints which can result in mid and upper back and shoulder pain, neck pain and even headaches.
Dr. Matuszczak did have some tips on how we can avoid these symptoms in the first place.
First try to reduce the strain on your neck by being mindful of how much time your head is facing down. While watching television, make sure that the TV is directly in front of you and your not looking to one side or the other and finally, check your pillow. If it’s too high or too low, that can cause stress to your neck even while your sleeping.
Simply by being mindful of how much we are looking down and maintaining good posture, we can avoid a serious pain in the neck.