How Too Much Internet Can Hurt Your Back

You know about addictions to alcohol, drugs, and even sugar, but have you ever heard about internet addiction? If you’ve never heard of this relatively new, yet still very debilitating and damaging health issue, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with it sooner rather than later as internet usage becomes more and more mainstream. As with any addiction, a person who is abnormally addicted to internet usage may end up facing a whole host of health issues, both in terms of their physical as well as their mental health and well being.

As I learned after reading a fascinating and insightful article post on this topic by Everyday Health, people who suffer from internet addiction are often prone to health issues such as depression, social isolation and withdrawal, and perhaps most concerning, chronic back and neck pain that may only get even worse as time goes on and the addiction is left untreated. 

You may be wondering what exactly it is about internet addiction that can cause such a harmful negative impact to a person’s physical health and well being, particularly when it comes to the health of their spine. In order to truly understand how your body can be harmed by this issue, take a moment to think about how you are positioned when in front of a computer screen, or if you use your cell phone for internet access, consider your posture. In either case, your posture is more than likely very unnatural, with your shoulders hunched forward and your neck craned down and out in an attempt to see the screen a little bit better. This causes the spine to strain itself to a point that can often lead to inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the muscles and soft tissues of the surrounding area. When strained for a prolonged period of time, which is what tends to happen in the case of an addiction to the internet, the spinal discs may begin to suffer more serious damage and cause more severe chronic pain. 

Fortunately, chiropractic care can help with the physical pain associated with overuse of the internet. During a standard chiropractic manipulation, the spinal column will be examined for any misalignments, or vertebral subluxations, that may occur as a result of spending long periods of time in front of a computer screen. The chiropractor will then use manual manipulation techniques to realign the spine into its proper position. 

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