Cellphones: The reason for your neck pain

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

A lot of us can admit that we’re addicted to our cellphones. And now, doctors are beginning to see the harmful effects it may have on our bodies.

According to the Huffington Post, a 2015 study found that young adults spend five hours a day on their phone.

Dr. Bill Blickensderfer, at Blickensderfer Chiropractic in Rapid City, says younger people are now showing up at the chiropractor.

“An unofficial study - the average person who went to the chiropractor for the first time was 33 years old and had five areas of problems,” Blickensderfer said. “Now …  people seeing chiropractors are in their early 20s, late-teens.”

Our heads weigh as much as a bowling ball. Blickensderfer says looking down for an extended period of time puts a lot of pressure on our spinal discs.

“When we are looking forward … it puts a lot more weight on the disc,” he says. “We are supposed to be naturally balanced between the facets, or the back of the spine and the front of the spine, and that makes our spine very fluid. When we take the hard aspect of the spine - all of the pressure goes on the soft aspect. And then we start to get compression and we start to develop disc problems.”

Excessive cellphone use also causes digestive problems. By slumping down while using our phones, our organs are compressed, causing our muscular valve - that’s located at the end of the esophagus - to give out. This will later cause heartburn.

Since technology doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, there are simple exercises to help with technology’s aches and pains. Practicing good posture and holding your shoulders back, will help alleviate pain. And of course, taking a break from our phones will help as well.

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