Expert Posture - Tech Neck

How you sit, stand, and interact with technology will have a direct effect on your overall health.

Much of the technology available to us today contributes to poor posture, and reduced movement, which leads to pain and reduced quality of life.  It is possible to teach ourselves to have the best of both worlds.

 

What is Tech Neck Posture?

If you stare at a computer screen or mobile device for hours every day, then you probably have experienced Tech Neck Posture. By having the smartphone or tablet below eye level to read the information on the screen, you are putting undo stress on the neck muscles which will cause pain and discomfort.

The more time you spend, the more likely you are to experience pain and stiffness.  The first signs are soreness in the muscles, followed by pain. Sometimes the pain is sharp because the muscles are tense from holding an unnatural position for an extended duration of time, and as a result react poorly when turning, dipping, or raising your head.  If you frequently experience the following, you may be experiencing Tech Neck;

  •      Headaches
  •         Stiffness in the Shoulders
  •      Fatigue

Poor posture is also related to increased stress, reduced cognitive function, and a number of conditions ranging from high blood pressure to fatigue. In addition, the continued leaning forward of the head places additional stress on the spine that may be associated with reduced lung capacity and circulatory issues. By using your brain and body to make adjustments, you can help relieve the pressure that poor posture is causing to your neck and back.

 

Tips to Alleviate Tech Neck Posture

While avoiding technology is not an option, how we interact with it can help us to feel less impact from our daily use of these devices.   Some suggestions:

  •        Hold your Phone at Eye Level
  •        Reduce amount of time using mobile devices
  •        Use your speakerphone whenever possible, keeping your device from your ear.  If this is not an option, hold the phone using your hand instead of curving your neck and shoulder.
  •        Use a monitor to bring your gaze up to eye level, instead of looking down at your laptop or device.

By working with a Posture Expert, you can learn how to use your brain to help make postural adjustments in your body.   Working with a Certified Postural Neurologist you will complete a neuro-scan assessment, learn the types of exercises can help to support the brain and your posture system to allow for optimal health.  

Poor posture is not limited to adults, but children who use devices should also have an annual posture assessment to ensure correct posture for technology use is learned at a young age.   Making small changes can cause large increases in quality of life. 

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