Tech neck is the term given to those who suffer pain because of either the amount of time on their cell phone, tablet, and computer, or their posture while at their desk. When a person uses poor posture while typing on their phone or tablet, it can lead to nagging pains and discomfort. Our shoulders and neck are designed to hold up our heads. But, when we sit in a chair that causes poor posture, or when we tilt our heads at odd angles, the weight of the head is dispersed disproportionately onto the neck.
There are ways to correct your posture while you either sit in a chair or stand and use technology. Your spine health relies on proper posture. When you sit at a desk, position your electronics (Tablet, computer monitor, etc.) at eye level. When you look down at your electronics while typing, the weight of the head is disproportionately placed on the back of the neck. A second tip is to keep your legs at a ninety-degree angle while you sit. And your feet should be flat on the floor. Lastly, make sure that even though you practice having good posture habits, it’s important to take routine breaks, on the hour. Tension can build over time, and it’s important to stand and stretch the muscles, get the blood flowing. It will also help to give your eyes a break from the screen, which is a good habit to keep the eyes healthy and without eye strain.
There are a few stretches that you can perform at your desk, and the stretches are most effective when performed accurately and with correct posture. However, if you feel uncomfortable doing a series of stretches at your desk in the office, then know that a simple stretch, standing up from the chair and stretching the hands to the ceiling, will get blood moving into the spine. You can also do a series of twists, both seated or standing.
If you experience back pain associated with tech neck, then know that your experienced chiropractor at Larson Chiropractic can help. Call and schedule an appointment today.