Is Staying Connected a Pain in the Neck? Get TechnoHealthy!
Dr. Jeff McQuaite to Participate in Public Health Awareness Campaign
The world is getting smaller thanks to modern technology; but unfortunately, aches and pains are growing as a result. This fall, Dr. Jeff McQuaite of Doylestown and other doctors of chiropractic (DCs) across the country will highlight ways to stay connected without pain during National Chiropractic Health Month in October. This year’s theme—“Get TechnoHealthy!”—focuses on how the public can remain healthy while toting the gadgets they love or working long hours in front of a computer.
The excessive use of mobile devices and incorrect posture while sitting in front of a computer can lead to neck, back, wrist and even thumb pain, in addition to other musculoskeletal issues. The problem is becoming so widespread that earlier this year a spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that musculoskeletal injuries remain one of the biggest workplace health and safety problems in American industry.
“People will be delighted to learn that they can enjoy technology without experiencing pain,” says Dr. McQuaite “Our bodies are made to move—not to maintain the same stooped-over posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly. The good news is that there are things we can do to prevent pain and injury. There are also natural approaches to treating aches and pain, such as chiropractic care, that don’t involve drugs or surgery.”
To commemorate National Chiropractic Health Month, Dr. McQuaite offers these tips to help lessen the physical toll of technology:
· When using devices such as smart phones and BlackBerries that have small keyboards, avoid typing for more than three minutes without a break.
· Keep messages short and simple; abbreviate.
· Practice using other fingers for typing, especially when thumbs hurt.· Don’t slouch when texting.
· Keep wrists upright, straight and close to the body when holding a device.
· Don’t bend your neck excessively when texting; tuck your chin in instead and look down.
· Turn your devices off on the weekends (or at least Sunday)!
· Get outside, exercise and enjoy nature, too! Balance is key to staying healthy.
Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.
Dr. Jeff McQuaite has been helping the residents of Doylestown, Jamison, Warrington, Buckingham, Chalfont and the entire Central Bucks area rediscover a life without pain for over 15 years.
Dr. Jeff McQuaite
295 Logan Street
Doylestown, PA. 18901