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Tech Neck: The Real Deal and How to Avoid It
Tech Neck: The Real Deal and How to Avoid It
Supapong (Boss) Juntharin
Supapong (Boss) Juntharin
Physiotherapist

In our tech-savvy world, screens are everywhere, from TVs to laptops, and they're taking a toll on our bodies. Enter "tech neck," a modern ailment caused by staring down at our devices for too long. It's not just a fad injury; it's a real issue that's putting a strain on our necks and shoulders.

Posture is Key

When it comes to tech neck, posture is crucial. Our posture changes throughout the day, and staying in one position for too long can lead to strain. To combat tech neck, try to switch up your posture regularly and stretch your neck and shoulders often. Instead of trying to "improve" your posture, focus on being mindful of how long you're staying in the same position.

Ergonomics to the Rescue

"Ergonomic" might be a buzzword, but it's an important one. While not all ergonomic solutions can solve the problems of prolonged tech use, some can make a big difference. Using earphones or headphones and keeping your screen at eye level can help prevent tech neck. Consider investing in a standing desk or a laptop stand to keep your devices at the right height.

Take Regular Breaks

Taking breaks from your screen is crucial. Try implementing a rule like the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This helps reset your posture and gives your eyes and neck a much-needed rest.

Stretching and Massage

Incorporating daily neck and shoulder stretches into your routine can help prevent tech neck. Occasional massages can also provide relief. However, for a long-term solution, it's best to consult with experts.

Get Expert Help with Form Physio and Rehab

At Form Physio and Rehab, our team of experienced physical therapists has seen it all, from tech neck to frozen shoulder. If you're experiencing neck and shoulder discomfort, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'll help you diagnose your issues and work with you to improve them. Apply for a Free Consultation today and say goodbye to annoying neck pain for good.