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How to Prevent Tech Neck and Keep Your Neck and Spine Health

Understanding the impact of tech neck and how to prevent it

February 26, 2024

In our modern digital age, it's hard to imagine a day without our beloved smartphones, tablets, and laptops. These devices have undoubtedly improved our lives in many ways, but they also bring with them a new set of health concerns. One such concern is the rise of "tech neck," a term used to describe the neck and spine issues resulting from excessive use of digital devices. But fear not, because in this blog post, we'll explore how you can prevent tech neck and maintain a healthy neck and spine.

Understanding Tech Neck: What Is It?

Tech neck, also known as text neck, is a condition characterized by pain and damage in the neck, shoulders, and upper back due to the prolonged and repetitive use of smartphones and other digital devices. It's caused by the constant bending of the neck forward and downward while using these devices, which can lead to strain and discomfort in the neck and spine.

The Impact of Tech Neck on Your Health

Tech neck isn't just an inconvenience; it can have real consequences for your health. Here are some of the potential effects:

  1. Neck and Shoulder Pain: The most common symptom of tech neck is persistent pain in the neck and shoulders. Over time, this pain can become chronic and significantly impact your quality of life.
  2. Spinal Misalignment: Continuously looking down at your device can lead to misalignment of the spine, causing further discomfort and potential long-term issues.
  3. Reduced Mobility: Tech neck can limit your neck's range of motion and make it difficult to perform everyday activities without discomfort.
  4. Headaches: The strain on your neck and shoulders can lead to tension headaches, which can be both painful and disruptive.
  5. Posture Problems: Tech neck can contribute to poor posture, which, in turn, can lead to a range of other health issues.

Preventing Tech Neck: Expert Insights from Dr. Kade Huntsman

We reached out to Dr. Kade Huntsman, a spine surgeon at St. Mark’s Hospital, for his expert insights on preventing tech neck. Dr. Huntsman highlights the importance of proactive measures to maintain neck and spine health:

"Tech neck is becoming increasingly common, and it's essential to take steps to prevent it. To maintain a healthy neck and spine, it's crucial to be mindful of your device usage and adopt good habits. This includes maintaining proper posture, taking regular breaks, and engaging in exercises that strengthen the neck and upper back muscles."

Tips to Prevent Tech Neck and Promote Neck & Spine Health

  1. Maintain Good Posture: When using your devices, hold them at eye level to reduce the strain on your neck and spine. Keep your shoulders relaxed and avoid hunching forward.
  2. Take Regular Breaks: Make it a habit to take short breaks from your devices every 30 minutes. Use this time to stretch, walk around, and relax your neck and shoulder muscles.
  3. Neck-Strengthening Exercises: Incorporate exercises into your routine that strengthen the muscles supporting your neck and upper back. Consult a physical therapist for guidance on suitable exercises.
  4. Ergonomic Accessories: Consider using ergonomic accessories like laptop stands and ergonomic chairs to maintain a comfortable and spine-friendly workspace.
  5. Mindful Device Usage: Be conscious of the time you spend on your devices. Limit screen time when possible, and encourage breaks for your eyes and neck.
  6. Regular Checkups: Schedule regular checkups with a spine specialist like Dr. Kade Huntsman to assess your neck and spine health and address any concerns proactively.

If you're experiencing neck or spine discomfort, or if you want to ensure your neck and spine remain healthy in the digital age, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kade Huntsman at St. Mark’s Hospital.  Take the first step towards a pain-free and healthy neck and spine under the expert care of Dr. Huntsman. Your future self will thank you for taking these proactive measures to prevent tech neck and maintain overall neck and spine health.

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Dr. Kade Huntsman

Dr. Kade Huntsman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in treatment of the spine and practicing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Huntsman specializes in advanced, minimally invasive procedures that allow patients to recover faster. He uses the latest generation of high tech robotic assistance during surgery, which allows him to perform fusion surgeries far less invasively and with much more accuracy. Among other spine procedures and conditions, Dr. Huntsman cares for degenerative conditions of the spine. Scoliosis, spine trauma, intricate spinal surgeries such as cervical spine disc replacements, lateral approaches to the lumbar spine, spinal fusion surgeries, microdiskectomy and decompression procedures for nerve roots. You can learn more about Dr. Huntsman here.

February 26, 2024
St. Mark's Hospital

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