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Warning: Tech Neck Is Real


Tech Neck is a health problem that was first identified in adolescent teens who were spending an enormous amount of time texting. However, older adults are catching up. People in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond are developing possible long term neck problems due to the tremendous amount of pressure placed on the neck, while using high tech devices.

There are people that spend several hours per day, looking down at their smartphone, texting, messaging, reading emails, surfing the Internet, updating their social media status, making purchases online, reading books, and talking to others on their smartphone. A sizable percentage of those tech wise people develop tech neck, which is a real health concern.

What Is Tech Neck?
Constant mobile device users and computer professionals develop poor posture and shift their head in a forward position, which forces their shoulders into a position that places considerable strain on the neck and spine. In fact, carrying the head in the downward position places about 60 pounds of pressure on the spine. All this added force on the spine might lead to other health concerns. For example, bone density problems, slipped disk, or herniated disk.

Tech Neck Development
Tech neck or Cervical Radiculopathy does not occur overnight. It happens slowly through constant hunching forward and looking down at smartphones, mobile devices, or a computer. One health expert states that it takes years to develop this condition.

Tech Neck Symptoms
Neck pain on a regular basis
Tingling or numbness in the fingers
Headaches
Change in posture

Tech Neck Cures
A severe case might require physical therapy. Others should consider a soothing daily neck massage. Talk to your doctor, if your symptoms are severe. However, those with a mild case should also try stretching exercises to release the tension in their neck.

Shoulder And Chest Stretch
Warning: Do not attempt the following exercises, if you have severe pain in the neck area. Stand up and face a corner, standing about two feet away from the wall. Place feet together. Place forearms on the wall, elbows slightly below shoulder level. lean forward, until you feel a stretch in muscles in the chest and shoulders. hold position for about 30 seconds.

Neck Stretching
Sit tall in your chair. Rest your head against your chair's headrest or simply look upward, tilting the chin toward the ceiling a few inches. Do not strain. Hold the position for about 30 seconds, while breathing normally. Repeat.

Neck Stretching II
Sit tall in chair. Face forward. Now, slowly turn your head to the right, pause, and turn your head to the left and pause. Repeat several times.

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Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20141124/text-neck#1

https://www.spine-health.com/blog/5-simple-steps-prevent-tech-neck

https://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/neck-pain/high-tech-can-pain-neck

http://stylecaster.com/beauty/tech-neck/



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