Tech Neck is not only real, it's an epidemic!
Tech Neck Defined
Millions of us stare at our phones, tablets, or laptops for hours every day, according to research published by Kenneth Hansraj in the National Library of Medicine.
An adult head typically weighs 10 to 12 pounds when it’s in a neutral position. But as soon as you begin to tilt your head forward, the amount of weight your neck can become 60 pounds of pressure on your neck and spine!
Over time, researchers say, this can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even surgery!
Tech Neck Symptoms Can include:
- Chronic headaches & muscle aches
- Radiating pain
- Strained neck muscles
- Limited mobility
These symptoms also contribute to a decrease in healthy habits of our daily life:
- Sleep Deprivation/Fatigue
- Poor Work Performance
- Loss of Focus
- Decrease of Energy
- Digestive Issues
- Weight Gain
If left untreated it can lead to serious and irreversible side effects such as nerve damage, arthritis and spine degeneration (aging of the neck).
A simple google search for 'tech neck' returns 105 million results! Here are a few articles from top sources:
By Lindser Bever- The Washington Post
By Robert Bolash, MD- The Cleveland Clinic
By Vikki Ortiz Healey- Chicago Tribune
By Matt Sloane-WebMD
By Krista Burns-American Posture Institute