60 Second Tech Neck
Ah, computers. Cell phones. Tablets. We can’t live with them, and we certainly can’t live without them.
Many of us commonly spending upwards of eight hours a day in front of our machines, and as a result, we are often suffering from tech neck pain.
When the neck is held in one position for too long, it fatigues. New muscle groups begin working to support the head in an unnatural position. Pain and altered posture results.
Over time, these muscles may strengthen, but usually, they weaken and become fixed in a state of near spasm to keep the head rigid. Some of the neck muscles can shorten and the head may start to move forward on the shoulders. The jaw starts getting affected as the head moves forward. You may end up with headaches or jaw and face pain all due to your device.
Here are some helpers:
• Take a break every 20 minutes-set an alarm so you don’t forget. Change your posture, stretch, drink water. You only need 60 seconds!
• Make sure your workspace is posturally correct. Use a good chair. Ask us about correct work posture.
• Avoid looking down at your phone-raise it up.
Tech neck is contagious – you get it from your digital sidekicks. Stop the spread! Call us and come in for a solution.
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!