Avoid injury and pain from excessive
use of technology

In honor of National Chiropractic Health Month this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is bringing attention to the rise in musculoskeletal injuries caused by excessive use of mobile devices, computers and other technologies. While they may offer convenience in our work and private lives, these devices also can lead to neck, back, wrist and even thumb pain, in addition to other musculoskeletal injuries. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) have a conservative, whole-body approach to health and wellness, with particular expertise to the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and injuries. During National Chiropractic Health Month, DCs are sharing ergonomic and other injury-prevention tips that will keep people connected—and healthy!

BlackBerry Thumb

BlackBerry Thumb

Together with several other repetitive stress injuries that are showing up in this fast-paced, technology-focused era is a condition known in popular culture as BlackBerry® thumb. BlackBerry thumb is the joint and wrist pain and inflammation caused by the overuse of any personal digital assistant (PDA) or Smartphone.

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Preventing Text Neck

Text Neck

Americans sent 110 billion text messages in December 2008, according to the Census Bureau. As technology advances, allowing us to do more tasks on smaller equipment, our bodies often pay the price. With a growing potential for injuries from tools we rely on, it’s a good time to learn how to minimize the risks. One problem that is becoming more and more prevalent is neck strain from the over-use of these devices, or “text neck.”

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The center of your computer monitor should be at eye-level. Put a book under your monitor if necessary. #TechnoHealthy [Tweet this!]

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Videos illustrating the proper way to text, sit at your workstation, and warm up.

Text Neck Ergonomic Workstation Dynamic Warm-Up