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No matter what you call it, it hurts: tech neck, smart phone spine, Janda’s upper cross syndrome, text neck, forward head posture, anterior head syndrome—all names for the pain a skyrocketing number of people suffer from spending at least 90 minutes a day hanging their heads over a mobile device! This poor posture epidemic is particularly troubling because it’s affecting so many kids, whose necks and nervous systems are still developing. Whether you already feel pain or not, see tech neck and upper cross syndrome specialist, Irvine chiropractor Dr. John Lee, for treatment and ergonomic training ASAP.
Basically, if you live in the 21st Century and use a mobile device, you are at risk for the following tech neck symptoms:
This is because when you hang your head down to look at your mobile device all the time, your 10-pound head suddenly exerts the pull of nearly 60 pounds on your neck, grating vertebrae, pinching discs and nerves, overextending ligaments and tendons and straining muscles.
If you or someone you love already suffers these symptoms, chiropractic care, massage therapy and therapeutic exercises can help you get tech neck pain relief. Whether you feel pain yet or not, however, please get posture and ergonomic training from Dr. Lee so you can prevent these symptoms.
Put together a family and friends action plan to help each other avoid tech neck injury—be the “posture police”—especially with your kids—by following these tips: