14 Dec The Dangers of Tech Neck!
Technology is on the rise - most of you are probably reading this very post on your smart phone, tablet or laptop! With all the positives that come with technology, it also means that our necks are suffering from the constant hours of browsing through social media or texting. Stop reading for a second and think about your posture right now - is your head stooping forward? are your shoulders slouched? is your back curved? Now think about how sore or tight your neck is and how it would love a good stretch right now.
If any of this relates to you, then you would know how limiting neck pain can be, and you're not the only one! 30-50% of adults will experience neck pain during a 12 month period, and 50-85% of people will not recover without help. Ongoing neck pain often becomes increasingly difficult to resolve and can lead to secondary problems such as headaches, dizziness, and even brain fog! Lucky for you, we've got 3 simple tips to help relieve some of your neck pain, so keep reading!
- Bring your phone/tablet/laptop closer to your face or body - on average, a human adult head weighs roughly 5 kg. By stooping your head forward (neck extension) to look at a screen, you are putting that 5 kg of added pressure onto your neck! Making minor environmental/ergonomic adjustments can make a world of difference.
- Stretch - Sitting in a chair, with your right hand grab the side of the chair, lean over to the left as far as you can and tilt your head to the left. You should feel a stretch along the side of your neck and top of your right shoulder. Hold this stretch for 30 sec then do the same for the other side.
- Double chins - Not the best look, but it will help strengthen some of your neck muscles! Laying on your back, tuck your chin and lift your head up a few inches and hold for 10 seconds. Drop your head back while keeping your chin tucked. Repeat this 5 times.
If you'd like more advice on how we can help with your neck pain, you'll be glad to hear we've created our very own "3-Step Neck Pain System" e-book. This step-by-step guide covers efficient and little-known ways to achieve a pain-free neck in the comfort of your own home. This guide is different, honest, and easy to read and shows you what to do to get out of neck pain fast. Simply send us an email and it is all yours!