The Dangers of Tech Neck

Modern technology has many incredible advantages, and the things that you can now do are pretty astounding. But with all of these gadgets comes some very real dangers, and more and more people are experiencing issues with their necks. Tech neck is a real thing. 

At Physical Medicine & Wellness of Northern Kentucky, we’re neck specialists. Benton Dammel, DC, and our team have a full series of treatments to help relieve the pain and correct the problem. A sore neck can make the most basic things a challenge, including sleep, work, and driving. Let us help you get your neck in proper alignment and fully functioning without pain or stiffness. 

Symptoms of tech neck

Tech neck or “text neck” is what happens when you’re not using correct posture while on a mobile phone, electronic tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The human head weighs 10-12 pounds when it’s in correct and neutral posture, but when it’s bent forward to look at these devices, it can put as much as 60 pounds of pressure on the neck, depending on the angle.

People spend about 2-4 hours a day on their phones. Putting aside the dangers of talking and walking or texting and driving, the damage you cause to your posture by bending your neck is serious. And if you have neck pain, that can affect your shoulders, back, and entire spine. 

Here are some of the symptoms of tech neck:

Treatments for neck pain

Chiropractic care and physical therapy can work wonders on every part of your body, and we address any and all issues that are affecting you. We also have a full series of treatments designed specifically for neck pain, which includes decompression therapy,

injections to reduce inflammation and heal tissues, spinal adjustments, rehabilitation, and massage.

Tips to prevent tech neck

Because we want you to heal quickly, we’ll show you how to take care of yourself when you’re not with us. These are some important tips to try on your own that can help eliminate tech neck and neck pain:

  1. Stretch (Particularly yoga stretches)
  2. Take regular breaks 
  3. Get up and move or walk
  4. Make sure you’re properly seated at your desk
  5. Cut down on your screen time
  6. Regularly check your posture
  7. Change the way you hold the phone

When you come in to see us, we can provide further explanation of these tips and answer any questions you may have about preventing and treating tech neck. Regular visits to see us are helpful so we can make sure your posture and alignment are correct. 

And of course, if you find yourself in pain, please come in before it gets worse and affects the rest of your body. Call our office in Florence, Kentucky, or use the convenient “request appointment” button here and let’s get rid of that tech neck pain now.

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