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How Technology Usage Is Causing Tech Neck

You’ve probably heard a term now that is becoming more and more common called tech neck. Some people understand what that is. Most people don’t.

Because of technology now, so many people are having issues with a loss of curve in their neck because of the posture that’s associated with using technology. This technology could be:

  • Cell phone
  • Ipad or any type of tablet
  • A computer or laptop
  • e-readers.

Whatever that is, the typical posture that tends to happen as a result of tech usage, causes a loss of curve in the neck and massive stress on the nervous system, which affects every major area of your body.

Why Is Tech Neck Dangerous To Your Health?

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What Does Tech Neck Look Like?

So let me show you what I’m talking about. When you’re on your ipad, this is what I typically see. Your head is forward, you’re looking down. Your head is like a bowling ball that weighs 12 to 15 pounds.

Now when your head goes forward, that’s exponential stress. So everything that moves and supports your spine, muscles, tendons, ligaments, that’s working a lot harder. So if you look at this chart right here, what can develop is what’s called trigger points. Trigger points are pockets of inflammation surrounded by scar tissue.

chiropractic chart showing how tech neck creates spinal problems

Now, if you look up here in this upper back, if you have trigger points in the neck that can cause numbness and tingling down into the arm, that can cause pain in the neck, upper back, mid back, that can cause headaches, tension in the face, tension behind the eyes. It can cause all types of muscle related issues.

And so people may think it’s a muscle problem and think they need a massage because it’s always tight and tense, but it’s the technology they’re using all day long that’s causing a structural and neurological issue. That’s really the problem.

Reduce tech strain by bringing your devices to eye level.

So number one is you want to take a look at your postures and start changing those. So instead of being down like this, try to bring it up like this to where you’re looking straight forward.

lift up your devices to eye level to reduce tech neck

Raise your computer screen up, raise your devices up on a regular basis, lay down, looking up. Especially if you have kids. I’ve seen kids with so many problems now because of the amount of stress being put on the brain stem and the spinal cord which can cause:

  • attention deficit issues
  • allergies
  • sinus problems
  • sleep issues
  • mood disorders
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • neck pain
  • back pain
  • numbness and tingling into the arms
  • and thyroid issues.

So many problems are related right back to the neck which could be caused by the postures you use from technology every single day.

Chiropractic Care is essential to reducing damage caused by tech devices.

So if you’re noticing any of those symptoms right now, and you’re using these devices multiple hours a day, or you see your kids on these things, you want to start reducing that stress as much as possible. Most importantly, you want to make sure that your brain and nervous system is healthy and there’s no damage that’s been caused from that. And to properly do that, you need to have an examine and an x ray by a qualified corrective care chiropractor.

If you live here in our area, you can go to MaxLivingRocklin.com. Check out what we’re doing and how we’re helping people with these issues. If you live outside the area, go to MaxLiving.com and find a corrective care chiropractor near you because it’s something that we need to change because it’s drastically affecting health.

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