Believe it or not, many of us spend 3 hours or more per day on our smartphones. That adds up to over 1,000 hours each year!
And the positions we tend to hold our heads in while using our devices can be, well... damaging. You are damaging to your posture and damaging to your spine.
It’s not surprising that over the past few years, an uptick in these awkward positions has led to an uptick in head and neck pain.
It's estimated that tilting your head forward, even just 15 degrees, can triple the weight of your head on your neck. Tilting your head forward 60 degrees can increase the stress and strain on your neck ten times over.
Repeating this forward head posture repeatedly can result in pain, stiffness, dysfunction, headaches, and more - a group of symptoms often referred to as “Tech Neck.”
The good news about postural stress and “Tech Neck” is that simple routine changes can help reduce your risk of experiencing pain.
Here’s what you need to know:
H3: “Tech Neck” is the term used to describe the flexed head and neck position that occurs when looking down at your smartphone.
H3: Just 15 degrees of forward bending can increase the stress of your head on your neck three times over.
H3: Taking breaks every 15 minutes and looking up from your phone or tablet can help your body reset and give your muscles a chance to relax.
Reducing your “Tech Neck” symptoms involves more than just changing the angle you look at your phone.
Proper ergonomics and regular stretching and exercise all play significant roles in helping you continue to enjoy your favorite devices without those nagging pains.
If you’ve been living with “Tech Neck” and are ready to take action, you’ve come to the right place!
Our expert team is prepared to help evaluate your ergonomics and provide a plan of action complete with personalized recommendations that will help make it easy for you to maintain a more balanced posture for years to come.
Remember, postural stress can add up over time.
Just because you're not currently in pain doesn't mean that everything is functioning at its highest level or that your daily wellness routine is as optimized as possible.
Our team specializes in posture and provides comprehensive individualized care plans - adjustments, stretches, exercises, and all!
Schedule an appointment today if you'd like to learn more about how we’re helping the people in your community achieve an ideal balance of strength, posture, and flexibility.
Our doors are open, and we’re here for you.