Royal Chiropractic Wellness & Health knows that if you’ve spent hour after hour, day after day staring at your computer screen, you probably have “tech neck.” It’s a term refers to the soreness, stiffness, and even injury that can result from bending your head downward to look at an electronic device for too long. We at Royal Chiropractic Health & Wellness see many clients who have claimed to suffer from “tech neck”.
Read on for some techniques on how to battle your case “tech neck”
1 – Limit Your Screen Time
There is a good chance that you spend much of the day in front of a screen. If this is you, try to use your non-work time doing things that don’t require you to be in front of a screen. Use that time for something fun that’s also good for your physical and mental health, like going for a walk, hanging out with friends face-to-face, or taking a nap. Your neck will thank you.
2 – Do Chin Tucks
Start standing or sitting with your spine straight. Draw your head straight back like you’re making a double-chin. In this position, you offset the effects of constantly thrusting your head forward as you may do while looking at a screen. Make sure not to tilt your head back when doing this. Keep your chin tucked in, but still parallel to the floor. Hold for five seconds. Release. Repeat.
3 – Use a Standing Desk
Or even better, use a treadmill desk. Either one will encourage more continuous small movements throughout the day. Whether it’s fidgeting at your standing desk or walking on the treadmill desk, the movement can help to keep you from clamping down on your neck muscles.
4 – Take More Breaks
At least once an hour, get up and move around. Do a few stretches and roll your neck to loosen up tight muscles. This will help prevent the spasms and stiffness that lead to “tech neck”.
5 – Roll Your Shoulders Back
Throughout the workday, roll your shoulders up and back as you shift your head back. This keeps muscles moving and repositions your body in a healthful way.
These five tips can be very helpful in changing your overall chiropractic well-being. Go ahead and take the plunge to see a chiropractor at Royal Palm Chiropractic & Wellness right away. Our friendly and knowledgeable office can figure out your spinal issue, and why your back or neck hurts and help you find a fix ASAP.