TECHNOLOGY CAN BE A REAL PAIN IN THE NECK
"Tech neck” or “text neck” describes a condition suffered by many of us hard at work for hours responding to emails and other digital tasks and find our neck aching at the end of the day. We may actually be spending more time at a computer screen or portable device than we are sleeping, and it takes considerable time to correct this posture. This collateral damage is the cost of our increased productivity. While computers and smartphones are supposed to make us more productive, they are one of the leading causes of back and neck pain.
It’s a good practice to spend a few mindful moments away from our devices for the sake of good health. To help keep posture upright and avoid neck strain while reading and texting on a cell phone, try raising the phone slightly above eye level to give the neck some slack. At night, sleeping with a cervical pillow (with a concave middle) may take some stress off the neck and shoulders.
Chiropractic physician Dr. Westley Scott, D.C., practices at Aligned Modern Health, with 15 Chicagoland locations. To make an appointment and for more information, call 773-453-6566
or visit AlignedModernHealth.com.