Digital devices are everywhere these days, we can’t live without them. However, they can lead to pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. In this short article we are going to give you a few quick tips for reducing the pain associated with digital devices.
Take a Break
Holding up your phone or tablet for extended periods of time can strain the muscles in your shoulders, arms and fingers. Let your arms rest at your sides every so often and look up the ceiling in order stretch your back out. This simple stretch can help alleviate some of the pressure on your spine when you are looking down at your digital device for long periods.
The 20-20-20 Rule
Give your eyes a break! Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look about 20 feet ahead (or as far as possible).
Stretch it Out
Slowly turn your head towards your left shoulder, hold for five seconds and repeat on your right side.
Try to avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time. Get up and walk around!
The only thing that’s more important than “perfect” posture is movement.
Raise your phone up closer to eye level to reduce strain on your neck. When watching lectures on your tablet or laptop, be sure to prop it up against something so your shoulders and arms can relax.
A 2014 study in Surgical Technology International showed that even a 15-degree
head tilt adds 27 pounds of pressure. As we use our phones and laptops more and
more, that stress adds up!
If you still have pain and discomfort after trying these tips, it is possible that you need to see a chiropractor. They can give you more detailed and specific advice as well address the issues causing the pain.
Pinjal is the newest member of the Brant Wellness and Rehab team, but you will have seen his face around the office in the past. Pinjal has been our “go-to” guy for the past two years when we have needed physiotherapy cover. We love working with him, and we are excited to now have him here with us full-time.
Pinjal comes to us with four years of physiotherapy experience in Canada and many more years of experience from his home country of India. Pnjal has experience treating various ages, from pediatric care to the elderly. He enjoys working with each of these age groups and the challenges that come with each patient. Pinjalalso performs acupuncture and cupping. We are excited to add those to the list of physiotherapy treatments at Brant Wellness and Rehab.
Vestibular rehabilitation (balance, fall prevention, vertigo)
When Pinjal isn’t at work, he lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter and enjoys making the most of his family time.
Dr. Jun is a recent graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He brings with him the clinical knowledge and skills to help patients of all ages. Jun uses an evidence-based approach to his Chiropractor care and develops patient treatment plans that work. The array of treatments he provides include acupuncture, manual spinal manipulation techniques, mobilization, and soft tissue therapy within those treatment plans. Rehabilitation and education play a significant role in his patient care to emphasize recovery and prevent further injuries. He enjoys helping and treating patients’ pain and loves to talk and listen to their stories.
Dr. Jun can help you with neck, low back, shoulder, hip, and many other types of pain and physical dysfunction. He is passionate about the importance of active care to maintain health and improve function as you perform your daily activities.
When Dr. Jun isn’t in the clinic, you’ll find him in baseball and softball fields, playing the piano at home, or spending time with his family and friends.
Fun Fact: Jun is a huge sports fan – as he roots for the Leafs, the Blue Jays, and the Raptors.
Karen is one of the massage therapists at Brant Wellness and Rehab, and she has been with the team since the clinic opened. She brings with her 20 years of experience working in multi-disciplinary clinics. Her wealth of knowledge is something that her patients genuinely appreciate.
Karen grew up North of Toronto and graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1998. Before that, she attended York University for psychology.
Karen enjoys treating patients with complex medical issues. Her experience teaching pathology (the study of diseases) allows her to understand where their problems may be coming from. She is also passionate about treating women during pregnancy and enjoys treating geriatric patients.
When Karen isn’t working, she enjoys the outdoors, and you can often find her hiking or camping with her husband, Joe. In addition, she is a gifted musician and plays the drums and sings in several different bands in her free time.
Dr. Spenser is the owner of Brant Wellness and Rehab. Spenser has been practicing Chiropractic for almost a decade. He enjoys helping people of all ages live a more active lifestyle, free from the constraints of chronic pain.
Unlike other Chiropractors, Spenser takes a gentler approach to Chiropractic by using an instrument called an activator to perform his adjustments. This alternative approach requires no twisting or cracking of the joints, so you don’t need to worry about having your “neck cracked” when you come to Brant Wellness and Rehab.
Spenser also uses “Functional Range Release” techniques to address specific joint and muscle problems. As a trained Functional Range Release practitioner, Spenser regularly uses this superbly effective technique to treat shoulder pain, neck problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, elbow dysfunction, knee issues, and much more. He particularly enjoys treating patients with Sciatica, as his unique approach has delivered life-changing results for many of his patients. In addition, Spenser loves helping patients with pain management and helping them to avoid taking medication or having surgery.
When Dr. Spenser isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys reading and playing guitar.