Is the endless scrolling on your device causing you neck pain? You might not know it, but the endless social media browsing, swiping and texting is having a huge impact on your overall neck health. ‘Tech Neck’ is now becoming a common health issue.
What is Tech Neck? Tech Neck refers to the neck pain and posture damage that consistent looking down at devices for extended periods of time places on your neck. You may not realise it, but staring down hunched over your phone, can put immense amounts of pressure and strain on your neck and spine.
On average, Australians spend 5.5 hours on their phone each day.1 A third of us check our phone within five minutes of waking up in the morning and 70% use our phones during mealtimes.2 This means we are glued to our phones from the moment we wake up, to the moment we go to sleep!
Technology is here to stay, but that doesn’t mean tech neck has to. Changing a few habits can make a huge improvement to the stress placed on your neck. For instance, changing the way you hold your phone, so the screen is at eye level, means you are less likely to be slouched in a forward-head position.
Your local ACA chiropractor carefully assesses each patient individually and tailors your care accordingly, by using a variety of non-surgical techniques, to offer a drug-free, hands-on approach to healthcare, backed by scientific studies from around the world.
If you want to maintain a healthy neck and incorporate positive health habits into your everyday, Consider a Chiro today. To find your local ACA chiropractor visit findachiro.org.au
Spinal Health Week is the ACA’s flagship campaign, taking place this year on 23-29 May 2022! This year, the ACA is raising awareness of the causes and negative effects of neck pain, with the 2022 theme
‘Sore Neck? Consider a Chiro’. For more information on Spinal Health Week 2022 visit spinalhealthweek.org.au
- Dixon, G 2021, Aussies Spend Almost 17 Years in a Lifetime Staring At Their Phones, Reviews.org, accessed 07 March 2022, https://www.reviews.org/au/mobile/aussie-screentime-in-a-lifetime/
- Deloitte, 2017, Mobile Consumer Survey 2017: The Australian Cut, accessed 07 March 2022, https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/deloitte-au-tmt-mobile-consumer-survey-2017-211117.pdf