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Tech Neck


Tech Neck Definition

Tech Neck – Is the anterior positioning of the cervical spine from extended use of any technology. Tech Neck is caused by close elbows a downward head and rolled forward shoulders, while using phones, tablets, or any type of hand held technology. Extensive time spent in this position can lead to major health issues.

Tech Neck Syndrome

Tech Neck Syndrome is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long.

– Children and teens are especially at risk for suffering symptoms of Tech Neck. 

And it seems increasingly common. Patients frequently come into our clinics complaining of mild to severe neck and upper back pain with associated spasms and headaches. After a consultation and exam we often inform our patients that we believe the pain is due to the excessive number of hours spent hunched over their wireless devices. Diagnosis: Tech Neck.

Of course, this posture of bending your neck to look down does not occur only when on you’re on a wireless device. For years, we’ve all looked down to read. The problem with wireless devices is that it adds much more activity that causes us to look down – and people tend to do it for much longer periods of time. It is especially concerning because young, growing children could possibly cause permanent damage to their cervical spines, that could lead to lifelong neck pain.

What are the symptoms associated with Tech Neck?

Tech Neck most commonly causes neck pain and soreness. In addition, looking down at your wireless devices too much each day can lead to:

  • Upper back pain ranging from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp, severe upper back muscle spasms.
  • Shoulder pain and limited range of motion.
  • If a cervical nerve becomes pinched, pain and possibly neurological symptoms can radiate down your arm and into your hand.

Studies also suggest, Tech Neck could lead to the chronic problems listed below:

  • Flattening and possible reversal of the spinal curve
  • Headaches
  • Onset of early arthritis
  • Spinal Degeneration
  • Disc Herniation
  • Muscle Damage
  • Loss of Lung Volume Capacity
  • Spinal Misalignment
  • Disc Compression
  • Nerve Damage

How common is Tech Neck?

A recent study shows that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 spends more time on their wireless devices than sleeping. Tech Neck is a risk for some 58% of American adults who own cell phones.

Regular chiropractic care maintains the proper alignment of your cervical spine, helping to prevent Tech Neck Syndrome. Call or visit one of our clinics anytime to learn more.