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How "Tech Neck" Affects Your Health

In today’s digital age it’s crucial to address the increasing prevalence of tech neck and its effects on posture and overall health. The rise in technology usage, particularly among children, teens, and adults, has led to a growing concern about the impact of screen time on our physical well-being. Tech neck refers to the strain and discomfort experienced in the neck and upper back due to prolonged periods of looking down at electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The prevalence of tech neck has risen significantly, particularly among children, teenagers, and adults who spend extensive hours engaged in digital activities.

Signs of Tech Neck

The early signs of tech neck are subtle but can escalate into more serious issues if not addressed promptly. Individuals with tech neck may experience discomfort in the neck and shoulders, stiffness, and even headaches. Prolonged issues can lead to forward head posture, where the head juts forward from its ideal position, causing strain on the neck, spine, and surrounding muscles. To maintain proper posture, the neck should naturally exhibit a gentle C-shape curve, which supports the spine’s alignment and reduces strain.

Below are x-rays from my now 9 year old daughter when she was under 5 years old and didn’t use devices (far left). The middle is from earlier this year after a couple years of using more computers and tablets and started noticing issues with her health. The last is after 6 months of consistent chiropractic care and changing habits back to a healthy curve and no health issues!

How Chiropractic Care Can Alleviate Tech Neck

Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to addressing tech neck and its associated problems. Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to correct these subluxations in the spine that can result from poor posture and excessive screen time. Through spinal adjustments, chiropractors can help realign the spine, relieve tension in the muscles, and improve overall posture. Regular chiropractic care not only alleviates the symptoms of tech neck but also promotes long-term spinal health.

While technology undoubtedly offers numerous benefits, maintaining a balance between screen time and real-life experiences is crucial. To counteract these effects, it’s essential to encourage individuals of all ages, to actively engage in physical activities, outdoor play, and face-to-face interactions. By prioritizing such activities, we can effectively mitigate the potential harm caused by excessive screen time, ensuring that individuals remain socially connected, physically active, and mentally engaged.

By recognizing the early signs of tech neck, promoting proper posture, and seeking chiropractic care, we can mitigate the detrimental effects of technology on our well-being.

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