Handheld communications technology has changed our lives, making it easier than ever to stay in touch with loved ones, navigate the world and keep up to date with the news.
But our reliance on handheld devices like smart phones and tablets has led to an increase in what’s often called “tech neck” – neck pain and back pain people can get from looking down at a screen.
Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can follow to reduce your risk of tech neck and alleviate its symptoms.
1. Weigh the risks
The main reason for tech neck is that the more bend you put in your neck to look down at a screen then the harder the muscles in your neck, back and shoulders have to work to keep your head stable.
It’s estimated that for inch the head is leaned forward, around four extra kilograms of pressure is placed on the neck.
With this in mind, the next time you pull out your phone to check a message or lounge on the couch with a tablet, pay attention to your posture. Hold or place the device at a height that’s level to your eyes, making sure your neck and back are straight and your shoulders are pulled back.
This will allow your muscles to work at the rate they are most comfortable with and help you avoid developing any painful misalignment.
2. Reduce your use
The use of screens can sometimes become overwhelming, and the more you use them the higher the risk of developing tech neck.
A helpful step is to reduce your use of the devices, or find alternatives.
For example, if you regularly read books on a screen on your commute home, consider switching to an audio version so you can listen on headphones and look out the window instead.
3. See a chiropractor
Modern life is fast-paced and tech-dependent, so even paying attention to your posture and reducing your use of screens may not be enough to avoid tech neck.
This is where the expertise and care provided by a chiropractor is invaluable.
A chiropractor can check your posture and the alignments of your neck, shoulders and back with an expert eye, allowing the source of any pain to be identified.
They can then tailor a treatment to your needs, helping to alleviate the pain while giving you peace of mind.
MyChiro is a family chiropractor that’s always available to help with any issues you are experiencing, whether it’s tech neck or another source of pain like migraines.
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