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Is Technology A "Pain In The Neck?"

Text neckTechnology is everywhere. Computers, video games, smart phones, ipods, ipads, and tablets. You name it – it’s all at our fingertips. The advances in technology have been outstanding over the past decade, but so have the rates of neck and back pain. This is already a leader in the largest diagnoses seen in physical therapy. What hasn’t been common in the past is the outrageous number of adolescents who now are in physical therapy because of complaints of back or neck pain.

Let’s think about what the average teenager does nowadays through the week. Let’s take a Monday, for example. Wake up, check their phone for any message they possibly missed through the night. Let’s see, scroll through Kik, Instagram, facebook, twitter, and general text messages. Oh yeah, now it’s time to get ready for school. Once showered (hopefully!) they eat their bowl of cereal, once again starting at their phone on the table with their head in this awful forward bent position. Then they go to school for the next 7 hours sitting in the most horrendous positions in their desk. If they are tall at all, they are already at a disadvantage to how much slumping is required to read and write at their desk. Then they get on the bus, get back to looking at their phones, sit in a horrible posture, walk in the door and “decompress” on their computer or video games! The next several hours they are once again hunched forward and

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Stress Can Be A Pain In The Neck

Studies have shown that many people who are suffering from chronic neck pain may have neck painjobs that are contributing to their condition.  Chronic pain is described as pain that has lasted more than 3 months and is either persistent, or is recurrent with episodes of pain separated by periods of recovery.

There are physical contributors to neck pain at work such as repetitive movements, prolonged computer use and poor workstation design. What may also be a contributor is stress in the work place. Prevalence of neck pain in the office worker is as high as 78%.

 The trapezius muscle is active during the physical demands of the office worker, but in addition stress may activate the trapezius muscle even more, putting the muscle at risk for overuse injury. Physical therapy can help reverse the effects of the overuse injury by incorporating therapeutic exercise, manual techniques and education on posture improvement and workstation design, but if the patient continues to experience stress at their workplace, chances are good that within 12 months there will be a recurrence of pain.

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Could Posture Be Causing Your Back Pain?

Growing up, my parents were always telling my brother "stop slouching!" Although, he viewed this comment as nagging, research proves that this is in fact excellent advice. There is a direct correlation between proper posture and efficient body function during daily activities. Poor posture causes postural stress on the spine, which can lead to headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain. Our environment promotes poor posture because everything we do is in front of us, our body must fight gravity to not hunch over but to sit and stand up right. By becoming aware of the positions that can cause postural stress we can strive to decrease the various triggers of back pain. Take a moment to assess your posture while you are reading this.

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