Neck Pain

Is technology a pain in your neck? Here are 4 ways to make it better.

When it is used properly, technology makes our lives easier, but what if it’s literally causing you pain? Many studies have focused on the relationship between technology and stress, but few have considered the actual toll that it takes on our physical wellness.

Have you ever noticed your technology causing a physical strain in your neck?This happens when you repeatedly look down while using your mobile devices and computers. If your neck, shoulders, and back are frequently painful, then you may be a victim of “Tech Neck.” Tech Neck results from excessive looking down that is usually associated with cell phones, computers, e-readers, and tablets. “Text Neck” is a similar phenomenon described by chiropractor Dr. Dean L. Fishman. He explains that it is “an overuse or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile device for extended periods of time.”

Constantly looking down puts extra weight and strain on the muscles in your neck. anotherAs doctor explains, the neck supports the head, which weighs between 10 and 12 pounds when it is in a neutral position. When you tilt your head forward just 15 degrees, that weight increases to 27 pounds. When you are hunched over at 60 degrees, the neck must support 60 pounds of weight.

In addition to muscle strain, our technology is also affecting the way that we look. Tech Neck is associated with a wrinkling condition as well. This condition features sagging jowls and increased wrinkles on the neck. While these attributes are normally just another sign of aging, they are affecting people at younger and younger ages, particularly ages 19 to 39.

Both “Tech Neck” and “Text Neck” can cause serious problems, so much so that many people require surgery to fix them. Instead of waiting it’s too late, consider what you can now to avoid worsening this condition. (Because let’s face it, you probably aren’t getting rid of your phone, tablet, or computer any time soon.) Try these simple tips to help with your neck pains and strains.

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