what is tech neck and how to treat it

What is Tech Neck and How to Treat it

Neck injuries are extremely common and many people seek out chiropractic care to help relieve their symptoms. Many of these people have suffered injuries from falls, car accidents, workplace accidents, or some other type of accident. However, neck pain can be caused by more than just injuries. In fact, it is very likely that you or someone you love will experience non-accident related neck pain caused by the daily use of technology and we can help with that, too.

How Technology Causes Neck Pain

Smart phones, tablets, gaming systems, computers and other forms of technology can literally become a pain in your neck. Just think about how many hours you spend every week watching videos or playing games on your phone. Now, think about the angle at which you are holding your head for all of those hours. Holding your head at certain angles for extended periods of time can cause pinched nerves and neck pain. Other symptoms include:

  • headaches
  • shoulder pain
  • back pain
  • sciatica

Known as “tech neck” neck pain caused by technology can interrupt your daily life. While it may seem like all you need to do to remedy the problem is to use technology less frequently, this is not always an easy thing to do, nor is it always the right answer. A visit to the chiropractor can help ease your pain enormously.

Why “Tech Neck” Causes Pain

While it is certainly true that “tech neck” can cause pain and other symptoms because of the angle at which the head and neck are held, the root of the pain and discomfort is a bit more complex than that.

The weight of your head, combined with the angle and amount of pressure created is what really does the damage. For example, holding your phone at chest level triples the amount of pressure placed on your neck and spine. You are virtually placing 60 pounds of pressure on your neck and spine.

So if you spend a lot of time craning your neck down to check your phone or tablet, you are placing an enormous amount of pressure on your spine and neck, including soft tissues like muscles and tendons.

In addition to sore, stiff muscles, this type of pressure can cause spinal joint dysfunction, which only makes your pain worse. If you are suffering from neck pain caused by technology, do not hesitate to make an appointment today. We can help you get on the road to recovery What are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment today