Chiropractic Solutions for Tech Neck
By Sara Butler
Technology has made the world a better place. In fact, we're more connected than ever before -- and we can watch funny cat videos in a snap when we're having a bad day. But the impact of technology isn't all cat videos and rainbows because it also has an impact on your body. One of the things that can be tough on people of all ages that use handheld technology is tech neck. Here's what you need to know about tech neck and how the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help.
What is Tech Neck?
Tech neck really isn't that complicated to understand. It's when patients suffer from neck pain caused by looking down at handheld technology such as tablets and phones. Looking down for too long places stress and strain on the structures in the neck and shoulders, which can lead to damage over time if left untreated.
The Symptoms of Tech Neck
Neck pain and soreness are the two most common symptoms associated with text neck but there are a few other symptoms to be on the lookout for. These include:
- Pain in the upper back
- Shoulder pain
- Shoulder tightness
- Pain that may travel down the arms into your hand
Tech neck may also lead to degenerative damage over time that can cause early-onset arthritis in the neck, so it's definitely something that can lead to big problems down the road if not addressed.
Prevention Is Key
With the help of the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic as well as some effort on your part, you can leave tech neck behind. Prevention is the name of the game and you can work on some techniques that can help.
First, see the chiropractor regularly to remove any joint dysfunctions and restrictions you may have developed. On your own time you can also:
- Keep your handheld device at eye level - Do this as much as you can so you can avoid looking down. This is true for laptops and any other technology as well.
- Take breaks frequently - Try not to use your phone or other devices for more than 30 minutes at a time. If you need, set a timer to help you remember to take breaks.
- Set up your office for success - If you work at a computer, make sure your screen is at eye level or just below so you can maintain proper posture as you're using it.
Tech neck can be serious, so make sure you discuss it with your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.