Is Modern Technology Damaging Your Back?

Are you one of the 4 million Australians that suffer from back pain? If you are, then you may want to take a closer look at the amount of time you spend in front of your computer, smartphone, or television. It is estimated that Australians spend over one-third of their day in front of a screen which can lead to poor posture and back pain. There are many reasons Australians spend so much time in front of a screen; work, smartphones, and Netflix are all very immersive and as a consequence people fail to realize that they are utilizing poor posture and causing themselves pain. Below are three common problems associated with screen time and back problems:

  • Lower Back Pain

When you sit on the couch or in your favorite chair, you may find yourself slouching or leaning to the side, and while this may feel comfortable at the time, you are potentially damaging your back. Slouching and leaning can repetitively load up the same joints and ligaments that make up the spine and can lead to inflammation and intense pain.


  • Neck and Shoulder Pain

The next time you are sitting in a shopping centre, or maybe on public transport, pay close attention to the posture of the many people engrossed on their smartphones. Their neck is permanently bent forward, with all the weight of their head putting strain on the neck and back muscles. For teenagers in particular this is a real problem due to the inordinate amount of time they spend on their smartphones every single day.


  • Hip Pain

The human body was not meant to sit for long periods and doing so can cause the hip flexor muscles to become strained. Strained hip flexor muscles not only cause hip pain but they also cause lower back problems as well.

While it may be tempting to take some over the counter medication to stop the pain, this is only a temporary fix and can potentially cause more harm in the long run as this method is simply masking the pain rather than dealing with the cause. Luckily there is proper care available to you through the chiropractic services of Perth Chiro Centre. Established in 2006, Perth Chiro Centre has been providing Australians with pain relief for over 12 years. When a patient visits Perth Chiro Centre, they will identify the source of any pain and then implement a treatment plan to help relieve the pain. Perth Chiro Centre will also identify any bad habits that may be contributing to the pain (including poor posture while sitting in front of a screen for too long) and educate the patient on proper posture habits to help keep them free from discomfort and injury.

For anyone experiencing back pain, it is important to seek treatment right away. The longer the pain and symptoms are there for, the harder the problem is to rectify and the longer it takes. Perth Chiro Centre has experienced chiropractors who can treat the following:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Spine Related Arm or Neck Pain
  • Injuries Related to Work, Sports, Or Accidents
  • Neck Related Headache

Don’t suffer needlessly, call Perth Chiro Centre at 9342 1211 or 9341 3002, to schedule an appointment today.


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