Tech-neck, the term and the health condition, is derived from the onset of cervical spinal degeneration resulting from the repeated stress of frequent forward head flexion while looking down at the screens of mobile devices for long periods of time. While Tech-neck is certainly a new medical term, the condition is impacting children from a young age.
Today's young children are spending increasing large amounts of time daily hunched over their handheld devices with their heads bent forward. The frequent forward flexion causes changes in the cervical spine curve, supporting ligaments, tendons, and musculature, as well as the bony segments, commonly causing postural change. Among the chief complaints associated with tech-neck are pain felt in the neck, shoulder, back, arm, fingers, hands, wrists and elbows, as well as headaches and numbness and tingling of the upper extremities.
If left untreated, prolonged head forward posture can lead to:
Recommendations for prevention of Tech-neck
Rule of thumb for children: Take a 5-minute break for every 15 minutes you use your device.
The team at Embrace Life have a number of services available to address health issues associated with tech-neck. Call our team on 3491 6533 to find out how we can help.
CONTENT CREDIT- Jolene Cooney