In this increasingly technological world, our devices are constantly grabbing our attention. This excessive use of handheld technology can lead to “tech neck.” Tech neck, also known as text neck, refers to the strain we cause by looking down at our phones, tablets, or other electronic devices for long periods of time. This can lead to neck and upper back pain as well general shoulder pain or headaches. If you are noticing intermittent or chronic neck pain, visiting a Massapequa chiropractor can help you not only reduce this pain but help improve your overall spinal condition. At Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation, our multidisciplinary practice features chiropractors, physical therapists, a pain management physician, and an orthopedic spine surgeon in order to provide you with the most effective and personalized care.
How to prevent tech neck?
According to a 2017 survey conducted by Deloitte, 82% of Americans, on average, checked their smartphones 47 times per day. This astounding find explains why tech neck has become such a recent phenomenon. Although avoiding smartphone usage is not a realistic goal for many of us, here are some tips to help you avoid experiencing neck strain due to our handheld technology:
- Keep your devices at eye level- Whether it be buying a stand for your device or by holding it higher up when in use, keeping your device at eye level will reduce strain on the neck.
- Take breaks- Setting a reminder to take a break from your phone every 15-20 minutes will help you adjust your posture, therefore avoiding strain.
- Be proactive- If you are noticing neck strain, visiting a Massapequa chiropractor sooner than later will help you avoid more pain the future.
How can we help?
At Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation, our team can help diagnose and treat all musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. If you think you are contending with tech neck, contact us today to set up an appointment!