If you’re reading this, congratulations: You may be well on your way to chronic neck pain in the foreseeable future. Why? You're staring at a screen, reading this. More people than ever are suffering from "tech neck," a term used to describe neck pain directly attributed to technology use, according to the New York Post. Left unattended, tech neck can turn into serious problems like debilitating chronic pain or even a permanent change in your skeleton. Luckily, you don’t have to swear off screens forever to avoid unsightly and painful skeletal changes. We talked to an expert about a few simple exercises you can easily add to your daily routine to combat the serious strain technology puts on our necks.
Why do we get it?
The body adapts to the stresses and strains what we put on it. We know from a biological standpoint that holding a stretch for longer than 20 minutes can cause that area to lose some extensibility and flexibility. Research shows, those prolonged periods of hunching over our screens are slowly causing our necks to "get stuck" in a more forward position, because those strained tissues lose their their pliability. This can cause a lot of pain and dysfunction. Think of it like this, If you wrapped a rubber band around a bunch of pencils and left it there for a few years, the rubber band [would dry] out, become brittle, and lose its stretch. Well this same thing happens to the muscles and tissue in your neck.
So How Do We Fix it?
Besides making an effort to get away from your screen every 20 to 30 minutes, try adding these easy exercises into your routine. We recommend doing 15 reps of each exercise, at least once a day.
“Tech” neck is becoming more and more prevalent due to the ever increasing technology that is popping up in the world. So when using your technology remember to bring it up to your eye level not your eye level down to it!