They’re everywhere we look—smart phones, tablet computers, laptops and more—and sometimes these modern gadgets are a pain in the neck, literally. That’s why the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is bringing attention to the sometimes painful injuries caused by excessive use of technology this month during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM).
This year’s campaign—"Get TechnoHealthy!"—focuses on ways people can remain healthy while toting and using the gadgets they love. ACA offers a web site, www.TechnoHealthy.com, with information for the public, including instructive videos.
While modern mobile technologies and computers offer convenience and efficiency, the excessive use of these devices and the incorrect posture that often accompanies it can lead to neck, back, wrist and even thumb pain, in addition to other musculoskeletal issues.
"Our bodies are made to move—not to maintain the same stooped-over posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly. The consequences of treating our bodies this way over time is often soreness and pain, not to mention inactivity that can lead to fitness issues," said ACA President Dr. Keith Overland. “The good news is that there are tips as well as stretches and exercises that can help prevent pain and injury. There are also natural approaches to treating aches and pain, such as chiropractic care, that don’t involve drugs or surgery."
"Balance is key," continued Dr. Overland. "People shouldn't forget that being 'TechnoHealthy' also means knowing that you need to unplug every so often and take care of yourself by getting exercise, eating right and getting enough rest."
Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. To learn more, visit www.acatoday.org/patients, or find us on Facebook.