The Dangers of Tech Neck

If you’re anything like the average young American, you spend almost nine hours in front of a screen each day, and your neck isn’t too happy about it.

Tech neck is a repetitive strain injury caused by looking down at an electronic device. Symptoms of tech neck include pain, stiffness, and limited mobility in the neck and shoulders. 

Our specialists at Premier Spine & Pain Management want to inform you about the dangers of tech neck and give you some tips on how to avoid pain and complications.

Spine misalignment 

In a neutral position, with your head facing forward and straight up, the pressure on your neck and back is around 12 pounds, and it’s evenly distributed. 

However, when you tilt your head down, the pressure on your neck doubles because your head is no longer supported by your entire spine, only by a small portion of your neck and upper back.

Over time, poor posture can put excess stress on your spine and muscles and result in cervical spine misalignment.

Recurrent headaches 

Do you ever experience headaches after a long day of work? It could be a result of your slouching, not caused by stress. 

Cervicogenic headaches are triggered by strain and damage to your neck caused by degenerative conditions and poor neck posture

These types of headaches can be accompanied by a stiff neck, pain localized on one side of your face or neck, and pain around your eyes.

Herniated discs 

Keeping your neck flexed downward for hours can leave you with a herniated disc.

Intervertebral discs are the tissues located between your spinal vertebrae that make your spine flexible. They’re soft on the inside and have a tough layer on the outside.

When these discs are compressed or overused, the soft tissue in the nucleus penetrates through the tough outer layer, leading to nerve irritation, pain, numbness, and weakness. 

Tech neck is preventable and treatable

By making a few lifestyle changes, you can reverse the damage caused by tech neck and prevent complications.

Holding electronic devices at eye level, looking down with your eyes instead of tilting your head, and taking short breaks are just a few steps you can take to reduce the strain on your neck. 

If working long hours in front of a computer is the cause of your bad posture and neck pain, you may also benefit from switching to a standing desk. 

Do you experience neck pain, stiffness, and headaches that won’t go away? Contact us to schedule an appointment. We offer personalized treatments to help you fight pain and heal your neck. 

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