Millennials are known for their relationship with technology, but most don’t realize the toll technology is taking on their bodies. A recent study shows that older generations, like baby boomers, check their smartphones on average 5 times a day, while millennials check their phone 109 times a day. Similarly, it’s estimated that 60% of adults spend 5 or more hours a day in front of a computer compared to 40% of millennials who spend 9 or more hours in front of an electronic device. This has caused an increase in neck and back pain in younger generations.
Chiropractors have started observing the musculoskeletal health problems that are caused by reliance on technology. Poor posture caused by hunching or slouching over a phone or iPad increases the risk of neck and back pain. Also, a sedentary lifestyle common to millennials who are in college or the workforce adds to the musculoskeletal damage. “Tech Neck,” “ihunch” and “iposture” are a few of the terms that have come to describe the pains and strange postures related to excessive technology use.
While this may not seem like a huge problem, these pains are more widespread and damaging than most think. In 2013, 84% of millennials surveyed in the UK reported experiencing back pain and musculoskeletal problems resulted in a third of missed working days per year in Canada. Millennials are currently the largest living population and once they are all in the workforce this problem could grow.
If anyone is experiencing back pain there are some simple tips on how to avoid “ihunch.” Holding devices out in front of you or propping them up on a table at an angle can help maintain good posture. Also, taking breaks every 15 seconds or so while on your device to stretch and relax can help the muscles in your neck and back. Lastly, it’s important to be aware of how much time is spent in front of a device during the day and making sure to get exercise every day.
If you are experiencing pain, let LA Health Solutions help you start your pain-free life today! We offer chiropractic care as well as physical therapy. Don’t live in pain, break free with LA Health Solutions.