QUESTION: Is my smart phone hurting me?

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In today’s busy world, the smart phone is king. People wait in line for weeks just to have the newest and latest iPhone. We barely use our phones to talk anymore. The average 10-24 year old sends over 2000 texts per month and receives over 1800. With the popularity of social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter growing by the days, our use of smart phones is only going to increase and so will our aches and pains.

Sitting down looking at your phone puts you in an unfavorable posture that exerts an excess amount of stress on your neck and back, and that will lead to neck pain causing headaches and other unfavorable muscle tension.. It creates muscle imbalances that ruin our postures and set us up for the consequences of spinal degeneration in the near future. Constantly using our thumbs to type increases our likelihood of developing tendonitis or “text thumb.”

What Should I Do?

  • Try holding your phone up higher to reduce strain on your neck, and back pain causing headaches.
  • Most smartphones can now text for you by speaking into them. This is a great way to offset tendonitis.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend on your phone and spend it building relationships with the people around you.

Be Proactive to Avoid Tendonitis, Neck and Back Pain

At Health Fusion Wellness, we take an integrative approach to wellness that looks at your body as a whole, following the five main foundational principles of health (Function, Food, Fitness, Finances, and Future) in order to provide the best care possible for our patients. Dr. DiMarco makes himself available to his patients via email or phone because his number one priority is making sure his patients receive the best care possible, get well, and stay well. For more information on how to reduce the risk of tendonitis, spinal degeneration and other ailments caused by smartphone usage, call us today to schedule an appointment.


Michael DiMarco, D.C. Founder & Clinical Director
Health Fusion Wellness Chiropractic & Sports Rehab
55 Schanck Road, Suite A-4, Freehold
732.665.6334 |