We live in a time of technology where people are glued to their phones, iPad’s and computers and maybe worst of all – working from home. As a result, our posture is being affected and many people are experiencing ‘Tech Neck’.
What is Tech Neck?
It is when you are stressing your muscles while using phones, iPad’s and computers, that results in neck and shoulder pain, stiffness and soreness, and you will find it is getting worse over time.
Some of the signs of Tech Neck include:
Pain in the neck, upper back, and/or shoulder.
Forward head posture and rounded shoulders.
Increased pain with neck movements.
Can Tech Neck be fixed?
If you are regularly using your phone or tablet here are some ideas to help prevent Tech Neck:
Raise your phone - Move your phone (and other devices) up closer to eye level so that your head does not have to be tilted forward.
Take frequent breaks - Spend some time away from your device. Set reminders to take breaks throughout the day.
Stand up straight - Chin tucked in and shoulders pulled back, keeps the body aligned in a neutral position.
Arch and stretch - Arch the neck and upper back backward periodically to ease muscle pain.
Exercise regularly – A strong, flexible back and neck are more able to handle extra stress. Finding ways to keep the neck and body more active, rather than hunched over a mobile device, is best for the spine. Set aside a few times per day to check text messages and emails rather than responding multiple times per hour.
Chiropractic Care - Chiropractic care may be helpful in preventing and managing conditions like Tech Neck, as well as other painful conditions that impact the neck, spine and back. Regular chiropractic adjustments return your body to its natural state and help restore your optimal health.
Want to find out more? Talk to Dr McCann during your next appointment.