DON'T LOOK DOWN!
You hang your head as your scroll that feed or send that long text to your friend because you haven’t talked in ages. However, don’t perform that habit for long, because it can cause a nasty headache. Dr. Gordon Grannis see’s more and more of this condition in his practice,
“The hanging of the head due to working and looking down at our devices causes not only lines across the neck, but soreness and tightness, headaches that start in the neck and run up over the back, top of the skull and to the forehead; known as “tension headaches.”
Holy Molley it all makes sense now. You begin to notice those stupid little lines and stretch your neck. Guess I have been looking down for too long…dang it. Dr. Grannis goes on to explain that "This eventually stretches the muscles of the upper back and neck, causing them to reflexively tighten; resulting in the compression of joints in the neck, and ultimately the nerves in the upper neck that travel up over the skull which produces a tension headache.”
Let’s be mindful because this simple everyday habit of looking down at our phones truly takes a physical toll.
Of course, we've always got you here at Tech Wellness. Here’s the solution from the good doctor:
- Raise your device to a level that allows your head to be in a neutral position.
- Additionally, take 10-15 minute breaks each hour to get up and move around, allowing the muscles to loosen and relax. This will not make immediate relief but will do you a favor in long-term prevention and potential over-use arthritis of the neck.
- Going off that, we think to consider a timer to allow specific periods of device usage, when to take your break, when you end your break, etc.
There we have it--lift your device, take breaks, or even, consider unplugging because tech neck-ache is just the tip of the iceberg.
TECH SKIN. Oh, My!
Research show’s the blue light glow that’s coming from the screen we’re bending over to look at is also affecting that gorgeous face of yours! We all know how sunlight affects our skin—the sunlight spectrum consists of UV, Visible and infrared light. Part of this spectrum is referred to as HEV. Wikipedia notes this high-energy visible light (HEV light) is high-frequency, high energy light in the violet-blue band from 400 to 450 nm in the visible spectrum.
Even though Blue Light Therapy, which utilizes HEV has been shown to be effective in some skin conditions such as eczema, it has also been shown to contribute to aging and hyperpigmentation in other studies.
Not great because we now receive much more exposure over all from our abundance of screens and and in focused doses from tablets, smartphones and computers.
Thankfully we can do something about it. Start with less time in front of your screens, and follow with a special skin care product designed to fight the onslaught of the blue glow.
Here’s the research: on Blue Light Effects