Symptoms of Tech Neck
Basically, if you live in the 21st Century and use a mobile device, you are at risk for the following tech neck symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Upper back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist and arm pain)
- Increased headaches and migraines
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.
Chiropractic Care and Ergonomic Training to Avoid Tech Neck Injury
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.
Prevent Tech Neck Today with These Tips
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:
- Sit or stand with neck straight, eyes looking forward, shoulders back, but relaxed
- Raise your mobile device to eye level. Do not bend your head down!
- Rest your elbows on a table, or roll a pillow across your abs to prevent your arms from getting tired.
- Do not write book-length text messages or emails on your mobile device. Be brief!
- Take frequent breaks from your mobile device to stretch, walk around or do the therapeutic exercises recommended by your chiropractor.
- Use a Bluetooth ear piece when talking for long periods on the phone to prevent side-head craning.