Do you suffer from “tech neck?”
We Americans love our high-tech toys. But today's smart devices may put your neck in a knot.
Dr. Jeff Manning a chiropractor in Dallas says tilting your head down to look at your smartphone or i-pad causes the muscles in the front of your neck to become short and tight. The muscles in the back become stretched out and also tight.
He says this leads to pressure on your discs, and ultimately pressure on the nerves in the neck from the postural changes."
And tech neck doesn’t only affect adults. A growing number of children who spend hours texting and playing video games are now being diagnosed with this problem.
Here are some tips for reducing or preventing tech neck from Dr. Manning:
Limit the amount of time and frequency that you use your device. If you have to use it for an extended period of time, take breaks.
A good rule of thumb is to take a five-minute break for every 15 minutes you use your device, and don’t type for more than three minutes straight. Also get up and walk around to stretch your muscles.
Be aware of your posture. Pay attention to how you hold your device. Try to keep your wrists straight and upright. Loosen your grip when possible.
Alternate the fingers you use to type; if you most often use your thumbs, try to switch to your index finger as it lets you keep the hands more relaxed.
Finally, use a tablet holder. There are many on the market, but they are all designed to secure the tablet at a height that will reduce your need to keep your head bent down and forward.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.