Too Much Screen Time Causes Strain on Your Neck

It’s not exactly a new phenomenon, but in the overall scheme of things, it’s a new issue.  Imagine, even just 20 or 25 years ago, talking to someone about how most people will be hunched over looking at a tiny computer screen, held in the palm of their hand, the majority of the day.  Some might think it’s cool – the concept of a tiny screen anyway.  But most would probably laugh at you when you said it would become a major source of physical pain.

Tech Neck, however, isn’t a laughing matter anymore.  Most experts agree that it’s a serious issue, and can ultimately cause serious pain if it’s not handled appropriately.

What is Tech Neck?

Tech Neck is a new-ish term for an old issue.

Remember when you were little and your mom told you to sit up straight and to stop slouching?  She was trying to prevent long-term spinal issues that can develop from repetitive incorrect use of your muscles and joints.  When you bend your back and slouch, your body strains against this unnatural position.  Too much strain and you end up developing a chronic issue that can take quite a while to correct.

When you have your head bent down looking at your phone, your neck curves improperly.  It may not feel bad for a while, but over time the issues compound and your tech neck turns into a source of chronic pain.  Pain that includes stiffness or tightness in the neck and shoulders, headaches, and even pain in the eyes.

How do You Fix Tech Neck?

The good news is that fixing the issues are pretty straightforward.  Depending on the severity of the issue, it can take a few adjustments and some exercises, or it can take a lot of adjustments and physical therapy.

Your first step is to ensure the spine is positioned properly.  Aligning it with the help of a Billings chiropractor can pop all those vertebrae back into place the way they’re supposed to be.

But the habits of bending forward don’t die easy.  Stretches to keep your muscles from pulling the joints back out of place should be done multiple times each day.  These can be as easy as head rolls and some yoga (such as the cobra pose).  Then, being mindful of your body position when using your phone or computer (and reducing the amount of time you’re on the devices if possible) can ensure proper healing.

Make an Appointment with Dr. Shayne Durbin

Let’s make sure that you’re aligned properly.  Even if you’re not feeling symptoms yet, it’s important to make sure your spine is aligned.

Remember, pain is usually the last symptom to show up, and the first to disappear.

We actually have several ways to make your appointment.  Existing clients likely received a text or email with instructions on how to set up the SKED app – once it’s set up you click a few buttons and boom – you have an appointment.  It’s not entirely necessary though.  You can still call the office at 406-545-2128, or fill out the appointment request form on our site.  No matter how you do it, we’ll get you taken care of so you can stave off tech neck.


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