Are you suffering from technology overuse posture? Hint: if you're regularly chained to your computer or phone for more than 20 minutes without a break, you probably are, which means you are damaging both your structural alignment and fascia. Chronically poor alignment and myofascial restrictions result in pain, reduced mobility, and (eventually) arthritis. The image below demonstrates how much heavier your head feels to your neck joints as you become more and more involved on your phone.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to counteract this damage, including taking breaks every 20 minutes to stretch, getting up to walk around every hour, exercising with a special focus on stretching for at least 15 minutes a day, and Chiropractic Plus Kinesiology treatments. Here's a great goop feature about Lauren Roxburgh's method for addressing this epidemic. If you have been suffering from pain or have been diagnosed with a neuromusculoskeletal condition (examples include but are not limited to bulging disc, scoliosis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis), check with your doctor or schedule an appointment at OM before trying her stretches so that we can make sure they will help rather than harm you. I just tried all of the exercises in the article, and I feel great!
Dr. Jaimie L. McCormick
Dr. McCormick is the chiropractor for OM Chiropractic, which is conveniently located in Kansas City's Crossroads District.