By Jeff Sheppard 14 Oct 2023 no comment 245 Views

What are “screens?”  This word refers to a group of technological devices, including smart phones, TVs, tablets, computers, and handheld video games.  All these tools have a screen that we often spend many hours watching.

Many of the “bad news” stories we hear about this technology take place when these tools are misused and abused.  Like any tool, “screens”  need to be used in moderation.

Make screens work for you, not against you.

Did you know that chiropractors and doctors are starting to see, more and more, a condition that’s being called “text neck?”  Spending long periods of time bent over your phone places unique stresses on your neck and musculo-skeletal system.  These stresses can lead to pain and damage down the road.

Sit up straight and lift your phone to eye level, rather than stooping over it.

How to mitigate the negative aspects of a screen

If you’re spending time with children, friends, or family, they will quickly be able to tell if you’re more interested in your phone than in sharing their company.  Eye contact is vital.  Even if you’re listening, if your eyes are on your phone, your loved ones will think that whatever’s on the screen is more important.   Therefore, you should give the people you care about the gift of your undivided attention.  Social bonds are crucially important to wellness.

Learn to turn the notification sound on and off on your phone.  It’s often distracting when a phone is buzzing at irregular intervals, especially if there’s nothing urgent.  You can control these notifications and make choices as to when and where you need them.

Never use screens in bed—not even to relax, like playing games or watching videos!  Your mind will associate your bed as “a place for alertness” rather than “a place for rest” thanks to the bright light.  For the best quality of sleep, keep your phone out of your bedroom entirely—even if it’s turned off!

Never, ever use your phone or tablet while driving.  Driving safely requires your full attention.  If you need to check a map, answer a phone call or look something up, pull over and park your car first.

Be mindful of how much time you spend in front of screens.  Too much screen time can affect you in many ways.  Most people aren’t active when they’re watching a screen; a sedentary lifestyle has increased health risks.  Excessive screen time can interfere with face-to-face human connnection that emotional wellness thrives on.  And if you feel there’s “never enough time in a day,” be mindful of just how much time you spend idling in front of screens.

Use screens with intent.  When you’re not at work and you find yourself in front of a screen, ask yourself:  is this truly what I want to be doing right now?

If you have neck pain now, don’t wait.

Contact Sheppard Chiropractic Centre today at (506) 635-8182 or (506) 847-7172 to schedule your appointment.

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