Modern Day Ailments: Part 1
The evolution of Text Neck and ways that Massage Therapy can help:
The widespread use of an increasing variety of technology: touch screen pads/tablets, laptops, smartphones—has detonated a cache of related conditions, from tight necks and sore backs to painful thumbs and increased stress. Anyone who has spent much time on a computer, cellphone, tablet or other advanced electronic device has surely experienced the discomfort of poor body mechanics and repetitive straining. These problems are not limited to the neck, as more and more people seek relief from shoulder, arms, wrists, hands, low-back and hip pain. Massage therapy can provide the damage control needed to combat text neck and other injuries of the digital age.
“The first smartphone was introduced by Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs (1955–2011), in 2007. Eight years on, 64 percent of Americans own a smartphone, according to the article, “U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015,” published by the Pew Research Center.” The average human head weighs about 12 pounds—but for every inch the head hangs forward, the amount of weight put on the spine increases by 10 pounds.
How can massage help divert the physical, mental, and emotional stress launched by technology? By the calming effects massage has on the nervous system and it’s benefits listed here:
- Increases one’s awareness of the mind-body connection
- Improves immune function
- Decreases stress and aids in relaxation
- Reduces muscle tension and stiffness
- Increases range of motion
- Fosters the healing of strained muscles and ligaments
- Reduces the pain and swelling of overused muscles and tissues
- Improves posture
- Relieves mental stress
- Decreases anxiety brought on from long hours at the computer or discomfort in the neck, back, and shoulders brought on by the extensive use of technological devices
Regular massage therapy can defuse the effects of overuse of electronics and keep one’s mind and body ready for the next challenge, or device of the digital age.
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