Mama‘s has one of the best breakfasts in town, I think. Today, at the table next to me, I noticed a mother with three kids ranging from about 8-13 years of age. Nothing strange there, but the mother was on her Blackberry for a very long period of time considering they had all gone out to breakfast. I’m old school perhaps, but it used to be if you were out to a wonderful breakfast with your family, you weren’t on your phone. Yet all three of the children were also playing on their iPhones. I mentioned to my breakfast companion how weird I thought it was, but he seemed unfazed. He says it’s more and more common in San Francisco. He joked that it would lead to more patients coming in for carpal tunnel, neck, and shoulder problems. This is certainly true, but I would much rather prevent a problem from occurring than fix one, so take a moment to read the info below:
- In 2008, almost 162 million smart phones were sold, surpassing laptop sales for the first time.
- More text messages are sent per phone than phone calls. The average number of text messages per month per phone is 357 compared with 204 cell phone calls.
- A study at the University of Queensland in Australia found that text messaging is the most addictive digital service on mobile or Internet, and is equivalent in addictiveness to cigarette smoking.
Modern technology such as smart phones and texting is bringing people together in new ways…but it also has the potential to take a toll on our bodies and our health.
This year for National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM), ACA asks chiropractic patients and the public the question, “Are you TechnoHealthy?”
As experts in ergonomics, doctors of chiropractic can help their patients use technology safely, avoiding unnecessary injury and strain, or treat the aches and pains that may already exist. Being TechnoHealthy also means knowing when to unplug and reconnect with the world around you through exercise and other wellness activities.
This is a serious public health problem today: the overuse and misuse of technology.
Please visit our public website www.TechnoHealthy.com, which features tips and information to keep you healthy and pain free!