What is all the fuss about? 

Technology is a fantastic way to communicate and connect with others, but there are some downsides to our increasing technology use, including the impact it has on our bodies. Have you ever been caught out sitting like a pretzel whilst at the computer? Or spent a long time with your head tilted forward looking at your phone? These things may be contributing to some of the aches and pain you’re experiencing. Let’s discuss the why. 

Neck and upper limb

Chances are if you’re using a smartphone, you’ve got your head leaning forward whilst looking at the screen. Although it might not be a problem in the short term, over time this will place increasing load on the structures at the back of your neck. Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing from this include: 

  • Headaches 
  • Neck stiffness 
  • Muscle soreness 
  • Shoulder tension 

The smaller regions of the body may also be predisposed to repetitive strain injuries including thumbs/fingers from texting or gaming, as well as shoulders and elbows. 

Lower back 

Generally speaking with increased technology use comes increased time spent sitting, often not in the best positions for our body. Lower back pain is a very common phenomenon in computer users, and although the exact mechanisms are unknown, it’s safe to say that our bodies are not designed to sit for 8 hours a day. 

General activity levels 

It’s hard to move your body when you’re sitting down looking at a screen! The physical activity guidelines for adults recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity most days of the week. More than half of all adults in Australia (55%) don’t meet these targets. Technology is not solely to blame for our lack of movement, but with screen time increasing, it’s time we should be spending moving our bodies. 

What should we do about it? 

Technology is not all bad, we don’t think you should throw away your smartphone! However taking some time to be mindful of your technology use may help manage any discomfort you’re experiencing as a result of it. Here are some practical tips to help: 


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