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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
  • Numbness/tingling
  • Strained neck muscles
  • Limited mobility

These symptoms also contribute to a decrease in healthy habits of our daily life:

  • Sleep Deprivation/Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • 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)


Resources

A simple google search for 'tech neck' returns 105 million results! Here are a few articles from top sources:

‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine

By Lindser Bever- The Washington Post

Text Neck: Is Smartphone Use Causing Your Neck Pain?

By Robert Bolash, MD- The Cleveland Clinic

Teens showing signs of 'text neck'

By Vikki Ortiz Healey- Chicago Tribune

'Text Neck' and Other Tech Troubles

By Matt Sloane-WebMD

Tech Neck Torment

By Krista Burns-American Posture Institute