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Do You Experience Tech Neck?

person with sore neck“A few years ago, the only time I would see actual structural changes in the neck and upper back was from some type of trauma, such as an automobile accident. These days, my X-rays routinely reveal biomechanical, structural changes in the upper back and neck that were not caused by any traumatically induced injury, but by prolonged periods sitting in front of the computer and using handheld electronic devices,” said Dr. Brown, your Greenville chiropractor for over 3 decades.

The changes he is seeing have another name: tech neck.

What Causes It?

Tech neck is caused by looking down with the head tilted forward for prolonged periods. The aberrant forward flexion position of the neck and upper back, and rounding of the shoulders, can cause actual biomechanical structural changes in the spine.

Along with the structural changes of the neck and back, associated symptoms include

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Numbness
  • Pain and tingling in the arms
  • Headaches
The tech neck situation, including these symptoms, has worsened with the time people have been working at home and on their personal electronic devices due to the pandemic.

Ensure Proper Ergonomics

Fortunately, there are some effective ways to combat tech neck.
Sitting at a workstation where you’re comfortable, seated with a straight back looking straight ahead, is the most desirable position for a computer workstation. We don’t want a monitor placed in a position where the neck and head have to turn or look down or up.

Even the best ergonomic work area should not be used for long periods. Just sitting in that position can exacerbate the head, neck and back. One should get up, stretch, and move around as frequently as possible. Personal devices, such as tablets or phones, should be elevated to the point where you’re not looking down at them routinely.

Get Chiropractic Care

One of the most effective ways to address tech neck is through gentle chiropractic care. Regular adjustment can help restore that curve in the spine and counteract the additional pressure you are putting on your neck and back.

Schedule a Free Consultation

If you feel you may be developing tech neck, please contact our office. Dr. Brown will provide a free consultation and preliminary examination to see if there is an issue there that should be addressed. The earlier we can diagnose and correct tech neck, the quicker and better the results!

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