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Tech Neck – Is That For Real?

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TECK NECK DOES EXIST AND ACCORDING TO TWO DOCTORS AND IT CAUSES 2 MAIN PROBLEMS.

1 NECK AND SPINE PROBLEMS: A study was made by Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, Chief of Spine Surgery, New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, revealing this:

  • Spending an important amount of time on our smartphone and tablet often leads to bad posture, resulting in neck problems and increased stress on our spine.
  • The weight on our neck and spine dramatically increases when we tilt our head forward. When our head is at neutral position it weighs 10-12 pounds. When you bend it forward 15 degrees it weighs 27 pounds. At 45 degrees, your neck sees 49 pounds!

«Poor posture invariably occurs with the head in a tilted forward position and the shoulders drooping forward in a rounded position.»…«Good posture is defined as ears aligned with the shoulders and the “angel wings,” or the shoulder blades, retracted.» 

2  PREMATURE NECK WRINKLES: This video with Dr. Christopher Rowland Payne, a consultant dermatologist at The London Clinic, informs us of the following:

  • We spend 2-4 hours a day leaning down looking at our mobile devices and this causes creases and wrinkles on our neck prematurely.
  • This is even more true in the 18-39 age group because they use those devices more.

«The problem of wrinkles and sagging of the jowls and neck used to begin in late middle age but, in the last 10 years, because of ‘tech-neck’, it has become a problem for a generation of younger women.»

SOME SOLUTIONS?

  • We need to start looking at our phones and tablets with our head in the neutral position – HEAD UP and SHOULDERS BACK!
  • Make sure your computer screen at work is at the right hight so that your head can generally remain in the neutral position.
  • You can even put a yellow sticker on the bottom of your screen with the words neck/shoulders written on it – to remind you to bring your shoulders back and hold your head up high.
  • Do some exercises at home to both reinforce and stretch your neck.

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